GREETINGS MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
Welcome to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Sigma Omega Chapter website.
A vision of Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Over one hundred years later, we have grown to an organization of nearly 300,000 members and over 1,000 chapters internationally. Alpha Kappa Alpha is thriving, relevant and positively impacting the world.
I am honored to serve as President of the historic Sigma Omega Chapter, which has served the Greater Cincinnati community since 1924. Sigma Omega Chapter is also the chapter of the sorority’s 9th International President, Dr. Margaret Davis Bowen and 13th International President, Mrs. Laura Lovelace. Today, we are made up of nearly two hundred members of extraordinary, dedicated professional women, who are committed to continuing our quality service to our community.
Alpha Kappa Alpha understands that in order for our communities to thrive, we must have residents who have access to financial, educational and health and wellness resources. Our programs engage our neighbors to promote physical and financial well-being, offer broad learning opportunities and enhance appreciation for arts. Towards that end, every four years, our international organization launches a new signature program initiative. We are committed to implementing the 2018-2022 International Program: “Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Service” under the direction of International President, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover. The targets include:
- HBCU for Life – This target is designed to support our more than 100 historically black colleges and universities in the United States by providing endowments and connecting young people to educational experiences through these institutions.
- #CAP (College Admission Process) – This initiative provides resources to young people to help them understand and manage the process of applying to college. We also connect young people to scholarship opportunities, within our organization and with other organizations, to help defray the cost of post-secondary education.
- Women’s Health – The Women’s Health target looks to connect women, particularly in under-served communities, with vital screening services and an emphasis on breast cancer awareness and heart health. This target also focuses on resources for caregivers and those women who are often responsible for the care of seniors and children.
- The Arts – Our Arts target is designed to provide education and create an enhanced appreciate for eras in which African Americans were the backbone, The Harlem Renaissance and The Black Arts Movement.
- Global Impact – Alpha Kappa Alpha is an international organization that makes a positive impact worldwide. We have partnered with Soles4Souls to provide shoes to those in need. We also make and send pillowcase dresses and shirts to girls and boys globally. With suitable clothing, they are then often able to attend school, which then creates a more stable foundation for a brighter future. Our organization also donates eyeglasses through Lions Club International, thus removing the barrier of poor eyesight for so many.
Finally, we are proud of the dedication of our members, particularly the young women, who are members of the undergraduate chapters that are sponsored by Sigma Omega Chapter: Omicron Chapter: University of Cincinnati, Lambda Mu Chapter: Miami University and Rho Psi Chapter: Xavier University. These young women represent the vibrant legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha and in them, we are cultivating extraordinary future leader.
For more information about our international programs, please visit our corporate website at www.aka1908.com.
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Yours in Service,
Shelly S. Sherman
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated | Sigma Omega Chapter