This Friday, UNC’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) will put on a step show to commemorate 2018 Homecoming. The show will both entertain and highlight the hard work and dedication of Carolina’s historically Black Greek organizations.
Alton Peques, president of the NPHC, sees value in the council’s ability to bring people together.
“UNC’s NPHC is pretty important, because a lot of students who are underrepresented find community within those organizations, and the Council itself helps to facilitate the activity of those organizations,” Peques said.
Step shows can bring wider attention to these NPHC organizations, especially during an event as big as Homecoming. As president, Peques played a major part in planning the event, but the preparation was a group effort. Jalea Morris, a social chairperson for NPHC, worked with Peques to put on the show along with Ion Outterbridge, director of UNC Fraternity and Sorority Life.
“Ion is a huge spearhead of this,” Morris said. “He’s a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., so he’s a huge proponent of activities like this that bring the community together, especially around Homecoming. It’s something that’s kind of built into the UNC culture, since UNC NPHC has made its mark since 1973, and we continue to do so.”