Alpha Chi Omega women's fraternity was founded on October 15th, 1885 at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Currently, Alpha Chi Omega has over 210,000 initiated sisters, 135 chapters nationwide and over 200 alumnae chapters. Our Zeta Tau chapter of Alpha Chi Omega was founded here at Villanova University on June 23, 1983. This past June, our chapter had the honor of celebrating 30 amazing years of real, strong sisterhood at Villanova University. During these years, the women of Zeta Tau have striven to “seek the heights” in all facets of life. This constant aspiration has enabled our sisters to form a sisterhood unlike any other.
Alpha Chi, to each of us, is something different. We are all unique individuals and we come together to form a strong bond in sisterhood. The differences within each sister create a strength within our chapter that cannot be broken. When one sister lacks something, within another sister lies the very thing that she needs. We also have strong principles that we hold close to our hearts. We need only to return to these roots to get back to the very tie that binds us. Our ritual brought us together and our ritual keeps us strong. Sisters by chance, friends by choice. Welcome to the Zeta Tau Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega!
Domestic Violence Awareness has been an issue close to our hearts since it was adopted as the Alpha Chi Omega national philanthropy in 1992. Domestic Violence is defined as “a pattern of behavior which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family.” These patterns of behavior manifest in various forms, including, but not limited to, physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse.
This past year we were able to raise over $7,000 for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation to help address the issue of Domestic Violence. Here are some ways our chapter raises money and awareness:
Domestic Violence Awareness Week
Every October our chapters holds a week long awareness campaign on our school’s campus. This week is aimed at raising money and awareness for domestic violence. All week long our sisters work a table in the Quad area of campus where we hand out purple ribbons for people to wear, have students sign pledges to stop domestic violence, and educate people on the issue. One night of the week we hold a self defense class for our sisters and anyone else who wishes to attend. Another night, we show a movie on campus that addresses the issue of domestic violence. This coming October we will be featuring “A Look Into Domestic Violence”. We will be adding two new events to our DVA Week this coming October – a Hidden Voices Luminaries & a "Volley Against Violence" volleyball tournament. The Hidden Voices Luminaries is a ceremony we preform in the center of campus at dusk to honor all those who have lost the lives or fallen victim to domestic violence. Our Volley Against Violence Volleyball Tournament will be held on South Campus for all the fraternities and sororities to attend. The entrance fee for this event will help raise money for the victims of domestic violence. Lastly, we end DVA Week with our annual Masquerade Ball – where we travel to a venue in Philadelphia with over 300 other Villanova students for a night of dancing and socializing. Last year we raised over $3,000 during DVA Week!
Alpha Chi Omega Annual Ladies Tea
In the Spring semester, our chapter holds its Annual Ladies’ Tea to raise money for domestic violence awareness. At this event, we invite all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters of our members to come to a luncheon on campus. At this luncheon we raffle off baskets, serve lunch, bring in vendors for local clothing stores and get to know our sisters’ families. At this years event we raised over $4,000 for our cause!
On February 13, 2013, Alpha Chi Omega, Zeta Tau chapter welcomed Andrea Cooper to Villanova University for Kristin’s Story. Zeta Tau was blessed with a grant from the Alpha Chi Omega foundation to host the compelling speaker for a presentation that addressed the prevalent issue of domestic violence. The presentation is essentially Andrea’s tale of her daughter’s rape and subsequent suicide. Andrea’s 20 year old daughter, a loyal member of Alpha Chi, committed suicide shortly after she was raped by a close friend in 1995. In her honor and in an effort to spread awareness about domestic violence, Andrea travels to college campuses across the country to share her daughter's tragic story. Kristin’s Story involved many parts of the Villanova community including help from other Greek organizations, the Office of Health Promotion, POWER peer educators, the Holloway Counseling Center, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and many Villanova faculty and staff. The event was a HUGE success with over 800 attendees.
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