About Alpha Chi Omega
The Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was founded in 1895 and is recognized as the longest standing sorority at USC! Alpha Chi Omega was founded by seven women at DePauw University with the original purpose to attain the high musical culture and to cultivate principles that embody true womanhood. In the chapter’s early years, Alpha Chi Omega was considered a professional music society. After 1905, the chapter discontinued musical talent or association requirements for membership, but still values a liberal arts education. Alpha Chi Omega's colors of scarlet red and olive green were chosen to commemorate the fraternity's fall founding. The chapter’s official symbol is a lyre and the official flower is a red carnation, which exemplifies the chapter’s colors. To this day, Alpha Chi Omega places a strong emphasis on its five membership standards; academic interest, character, financial responsibility, leadership ability, and personal development! Their motto, Real. Strong. Women., is deeply rooted in the collegiate and alumnae experience and embodied by every member nationwide!
Alpha Chi Omega’s history is rooted in generosity, compassion, and commitment to sisters of the chapter and the greater good. The 1992 Alpha Chi Omega National Convention marked the adoption of domestic violence awareness, an issue that affects women all over the world, as the sorority’s national philanthropy. In addition to supporting the philanthropic causes of fellow Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council organizations, members of AXO serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence through annual fundraising events like Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi, DVA Donut Tables and Alpha Chi All American, a flag football tournament between IFC, Panhellenic, and other USC organizations. The chapter also shares gifts of time and talent with The Good Shepherd Shelter, a local home for women and children who have endured domestic violence. Alpha Chi Omega also hosts a Candlelight Vigil every fall semester at Tommy Trojan to educate its own members and the USC community on the prevalence of DVA, its impact and the work being done to end the social epidemic. Ultimately, Alpha Chi aims to give others tools to build their own healthy relationship and to raise awareness of domestic violence.