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Alpha Chi Omega
ΑΧΩ
Abbreviation: A-Chi-O
Org Founded: 1885 at DePauw
CU Chapter: Theta Psi
Chapter Established: 1989
Motto: "Together let us seek the heights"
Symbol(s): Golden Lyre
House: None
Recognition: Panhel
Contact: thetapsipresident@gmail.com

Alpha Chi Omega, (A-Chi-O, chi as in ky, not chee), Theta Psi chapter, is one of the sororities recognized by the Panhellenic Council. The chapter currently occupies a brownstone at 114th St.

The chapter earned a 5 star ALPHA Standards of Excellence rating in spring 2013 and was awarded Most Improved Chapter by the Inter Greek Council.

The chapter earned a 4 star ALPHA Standards of Excellence rating in spring 2012. The chapter also earned achievement awards in philanthropy (presented to chapters that raise over $60 per member), community service (presented to chapters that complete over 20 service hours per member), and campus involvement (presented to chapters where over 60% are involved in another campus activity.)

AXO has consistently been one of the top fundraisers for Relay for Life. The Columbia chapter raised $3,657 in 2012 and $10,558 in spring 2013.

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Service & Philanthropy

Domestic Violence and Awareness and Support (DVAS)

Nationwide, Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropic project is Domestic Violence Awareness and Support (DVAS). AXO’s work against domestic violence is founded on two main concepts: fighting against unhealthy relationships and building healthy relationships. The Columbia Theta Psi chapter’s goal is to help educate the campus community on the issue of Domestic Violence, especially in regards to how it affects college students. Every October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the chapter holds events across campus during their “Divas for DVAS week.” The week includes an informative panel on Domestic Violence — featuring students, survivors, and educators — a self-defense class, and other events to raise awareness. One in three women are survivors of Domestic Violence, making the cause incredibly relevant to the lives of collegiate women.

Sanctuary for Families

In addition to AXO’s work with DVAS, the chapter also volunteers locally with Sanctuary for Families, a Harlem-based shelter dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence survivors, sex trafficking survivors, and their children. Each year, Sanctuary helps thousands of survivors and their children build safe lives by offering a range of high quality services to meet their complex needs. These services include clinical, legal, shelter, children’s and economic empowerment services. Sanctuary also works to end domestic violence and its far-reaching impact through outreach, education, and advocacy. AXO sisters raise money for Sanctuary, hold donation drives for toiletries and other items the shelter may need, and also volunteer directly at Sanctuary’s shelter near campus.

The Rachel B. Swett Foundation

In June 2010, AXO’s Theta Psi chapter suffered a tragic loss when one of their sisters, Rachel B. Swett, passed away in a skiing accident while studying abroad in New Zealand. To honor Rachel, the chapter established a scholarship fund in her name. The Rachel B. Swett Endowment Fund is a nonprofit program under the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation that grants grant merit-based educational assistance scholarship allowance to both undergraduates and alumnae of Alpha Chi Omega in need. Rachel was passionate about studying abroad and traveling the world, so the sisters of AXO aim to fund this scholarship to make these opportunities possible for other sisters. Through fundraising events such as Sweat for Swett fitness classes, direct sponsorship, and donations, the AXO sisterhood works to raise the initial seed money for the endowment by 2015.

Sorority History

Alpha Chi Omega is a national women's organization that enriches the lives of its members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning, and service. AXO was officially established on October 15, 1885 at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana by seven young women studying in the School of Music. The symbol, the golden lyre, commemorates and honors the sorority's musical history, and represents its goal to always find harmony in life. Its colors, scarlet red and olive green, were chosen to epitomize AXO's fall founding, and its flower, the red carnation, exemplifies these colors. Sisters of Alpha Chi live by the motto, "Together let us seek the heights," and are constantly striving to learn, achieve, grow, and give back to the community. Today, there are over 130 active chapters of Alpha Chi Omega, over 200,000 initiated sisters, and over 200 alumnae chapters.

The Theta Psi Chapter at Columbia University has been seeking the heights since April 1, 1989 and has fostered a tight-knit community of Real. Strong. Women. on campus for nearly 25 years.

See also

Alleged sorority website plagiarism - 2006 incident in which Kappa Alpha Theta allegedly copied AXO's website design

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Greek life at Columbia
IFC Fraternities: Alpha Delta PhiAlpha Epsilon PiBeta Theta PiDelta Sigma PhiKappa Delta RhoPhi Gamma DeltaPi Kappa AlphaPsi UpsilonSigma ChiSigma NuSigma Phi EpsilonZeta Beta Tau
Panhel Sororities: Alpha Chi OmegaAlpha Omicron PiDelta GammaGamma Phi BetaKappa Alpha ThetaSigma Delta Tau
Multicultural Greek Fraternities: Phi Iota AlphaAlpha Phi AlphaKappa Alpha PsiOmega Psi PhiPi Delta PsiLambda Phi EpsilonSigma Lambda Beta
Multicultural Greek Sororities: Lambda Pi ChiSigma Iota AlphaDelta Sigma ThetaKappa Phi LambdaSigma Lambda Gamma
Inactive (de-recognized): Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
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