Alpha Chi Omega is an organization devoted to promoting healthy relationships and spreading domestic violence awareness. We are passionate about empowering women and working to help those who have found themselves in a compromising relationship get back on their feet. As sisters we do this by volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter, to help those who have escaped their compromising relationship start their new lives. Domestic Violence is something that people all too often pretend doesn’t happen because it makes them feel uncomfortable. Domestic violence can happen to everyone - all races, all religions, all income and education levels. It’s everywhere. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. The saddest part though is that the majority of victims will not report the abuse. They are embarrassed, ashamed, don’t want to look weak, want to protect or think they can help the other person; sometimes they may even convince themselves that they deserve the “love” they are receiving. Alpha Chi Omega works to build those affected by domestic violence backup. We are there to support victims as well as the services they seek to get help. In many other ways, we work to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. We promote healthy relationships and educate our community about these issues. When I joined Alpha Chi Omega this sense of awareness hit home with me because I am a domestic violence survivor. It warms my heart to see that there are people out there, like my sisters, who are working to change the social issue of domestic violence and unhealthy relationships. Alpha Chi Omega is without a doubt a sisterhood of Real. Strong. Women.
For anyone who does not know, each year Alpha Chi Headquarters hosts a three-day, intensive seminar for three members of the chapters exec board. For the 2017 Leadership Academy, the President, VP of CRSB and the VP of Risk Management were lucky enough to go. This meant that I, as Risk Manager, had the great opportunity to attend this event with about 430 other collegiate members from chapter throughout the country; And let me tell you, I was scared beyond belief. When I first heard that I was selected to go my only thought was why? I had just been elected to the position and still had NO CLUE what I was doing. I thought I was going to get to this seminar and be so lost and worst of all thought that I was going to make our chapter look foolish. Boy was I wrong! Throughout the weekend I had the opportunity to meet sisters from throughout the country who were in the same headspace as me. The first day of the academy was overwhelming. And our trip did not exactly begin smoothly. The academy was set to start at 5 p.m. with dinner, and we didn’t leave Muncie until about 4:15, plus the traffic gods were not in our corner that day. So imagine, it's now 5:50 and the three of us are running into the hotel trying to make it to the opening speaker at 6 p.m. But all was well; we made it to the opening speaker just in time. Personally, the best part about day 1 was that all 430 some attendees opened chapter according to custom. This was hands down one of the coolest moments of my life. To see women from all across the country doing the same rituals and traditions that we do every week was an unexplainable experience. It reinforced the idea in my mind that no matter where we go in the world, Alpha Chi’s are all linked together through the same rituals, beliefs, and values. The second day was our long day; we were in sessions from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. While the day was long, it was full of great information and ideas that we were able to bring back to our chapters. It was during this day that my fears about my position were put at ease. This day was filled with many small group discussion about our specific chapters and ways to make sure our members are staying safe and healthy. What stuck out to me on this day was how well our chapter was doing. I realized that tunnel vision was an incredibly real problem happening with our exec board and it was great to step outside of Gamma Mu and take a look at the big picture. It made me realize all of the amazing things my chapter is doing. And sure, maybe we have some small problems here and there, but we also have the biggest philanthropy on campus, and we have leaders who want to lead, and sisters who respect and love the chapter and organization. This day renewed my faith in not only my chapter but also in the organization that brought all of us together. It was a fantastic reminder of why we were all there. We finished the leadership academy with a couple more small workshops about how we could actively apply what we learned at the academy to our chapters. Then as a whole group, we formally closed chapter. Overall, Julia, Makayla and I had several takeaways from the weekend. 1. If you’re ever stressed out remember to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. 2. When in doubt eat a snack. 3. Women can do anything they put their mind to and to never let someone tell you you’re not good enough. 4. You can’t do everything alone, no matter how hard you try. 5. Coming together as sisters from across the country is probably one of the most humbling experiences of your days as an Alpha Chi.
Dear Alpha Chi Omega, My freshman year I went through formal recruitment looking for new friends and cute letters to wear on a t-shirt. I was looking for fun social events with thrilling themes and new boys to gawk at during fraternity events. I was looking for something I could relate with my parents about after hearing about all their Greek life stories. But instead, you gave me so much more. Alpha Chi, you gave me my BEST friends that I would not trade for the world. The ones that I can call at 2 a.m. for an ice cream adventure and they'll be there in an instant to join me. These are the girls that will become my bridesmaids at my wedding. Most importantly, these girls are my lifelong friends that will be laughing at all the memories with me 30 years into the future. You gave me a reason to strive for dean’s list. In high school, I didn't care about my grades nearly as much as I do now, and that's because of you. You keep me accountable with so many words of encouragement, extra tutoring, and of course, lots and lots of candy. My GPA and I are eternally grateful for that extra push. Alpha Chi, you have made me a real strong woman. When I entered college, all I cared about was myself and didn't have my priorities in check. Through your philanthropy, domestic violence awareness, you have motivated me to care and volunteer for the good of others. You have made me so accountable and aware of my actions, that it has matured me in the most positive way. With one of our membership criteria being personal development, I know I am always growing and changing, but I love growing and changing with you, Alpha Chi. Alpha Chi Omega, thank you. Thank you for my beautiful sisters, who are the most wonderful and strong woman I know and my best friends. Thank you for keeping me so accountable with my grades and making sure my life as a student comes first. And lastly, thank you for making me the best me possible.