And learn more about us at www.omegaphialpha.org.
In 1953, a group of women with a passion for service, leadership and friendship came together at Bowling Green State University, forming one of the nation’s first women’s service sororities – Omega Phi Alpha. Over time, the organization has expanded into 27 active chapters across the U.S. and donated hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours.
This fall, Omega Phi Alpha is finally coming to UNC. The organization is currently seeking students who want to make a lasting impact on their community to join the expansion process for the new chapter.
Omega Phi Alpha doesn’t discriminate on the basis of gender. Fully enrolled undergrad and graduate students of all gender identities are welcome to get involved.
“As a founding member of the Omega Phi Alpha chapter at West Virginia University, I gained valuable leadership and service opportunities that set me up for success later in life,” said Summer Ray, the organization’s Expansions Director. “Omega Phi Alpha has and continues to fuel my passion for helping others.”
The organization is dedicated to six areas of service: University Community, Community at Large, Members of the Sorority, Nations of the World, Mental Health and the President’s Project. All chapters are required to complete at least one project in each of the six areas every semester.
Omega Phi Alpha is unique in that chapters have the free range to create their own service and philanthropy projects. This allows members to focus on the causes they are passionate about and find projects that directly impact their local communities.
Some of the organizations that chapters have partnered with in the past include Boys and Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, Threads of Hope and Special Olympics.
In addition to individual and chapter projects, each year the sorority has a national President’s Project – a focused area of service that all members participate in. For 2021, the topic is Erasing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
Omega Phi Alpha strives to help its members succeed both academically and professionally. Its Leadership Development Program provides training for members in the organization’s six core values: leadership, sisterhood, diversity, education, traditions, and service.
It includes classes for each of the values, with the goal of creating effective leaders both within the sorority and their communities. The sorority also aims to give back to its members, through scholarships and awards that recognize members for outstanding service and academic achievements.
If you’re searching for an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy at UNC and in the community, look no further. Omega Phi Alpha is looking for passionate students to be a part of their founding chapter. Virtual information sessions will be held on September 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. for those interested.
Previous service and leadership experience is not necessary to join. Omega Phi Alpha is a great opportunity for anyone seeking new experiences.
“With unwavering support and guidance from local sisters, UNC would be a great location to establish a chapter,” Ray said. “Our expansion efforts in the area would make a lasting impact on student engagement within the UNC university community and the community-at-large.”
For more information about the sorority and upcoming information sessions, visit the website.