National Panhellenic Conference
How Kappa helped plant NPC roots
We are often asked, “What is NPC?” or “Why is Kappa a part of it?” As Greek women, we know the organization we are joining, but we may not know how the National Panhellenic Conference fits into the big picture. Kappa has always supported fraternity women sticking together. In fact, a group of Kappas called the first meeting of Panhellenic (meaning all-Greek) leaders to address common concerns in 1891.
NPC offers more than numbers, it provides support and guidance to each of its groups helping to enhance the sorority experience for all.
Despite that early meeting, it was not until 1902 when a series of resolutions known as the Panhellenic Compact was developed and NPC was officially established, originally known as the National Panhellenic Congress.Ever since, Kappa has been committed to helping the Greek system grow in a positive and equitable way. Kappa chapters and alumnae associations embrace the goals of the National Panhellenic Conference by encouraging intersorority and interfraternity activities and community service, working with university officials, and contributing to the greater good in partnership with other campus and community organizations. At the international and national level, Kappa has had a tradition of serving in leadership roles with NPC. Most recently, Kappa’s NPC delegate, Patty Gesell, was appointed to serve as the NPC College Panhellenic Chairman. In this role, Patty is responsible for the six Campus Panhellenic Area Coordinators and all of the College Panhellenic Area Advisors for more than 530 campus Panhellenics in the United States and Canada. NPC, one of the nation’s largest organizations advocating for women, is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities on 650 college campuses and 4,500 alumnae chapters across the continent, representing four million women in the U.S. and Canada. Each year, NPC-affiliated undergraduates and alumnae donate more than $5 million to worthy causes, provide $2.8 million in scholarships to women and volunteer 500,000 hours in their communities. But NPC offers more than numbers, it provides support and guidance to each of its groups helping to enhance the sorority experience for all. Kappa is proud to be a part of NPC and its long-standing history. We’ve always believed, if one woman can create a ripple, imagine what thousands can do together?