Founded: April 5, 1895 at University of Arkansas
Colors: Cardinal and Straw
Flower: White Carnation
In 1895, four young women at the University of Arkansas realized the need for a special organization that would foster recognition and respect for the potential and inherent value of women. Ina Mae Boles, Jobelle Holcombe, Jean Vincenheller, and Alice Simonds approached Dr. Charles Richardson, a regent of the University and a national officer of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, to assist in organizing a women's group similar to the men's fraternities which were being established on campus. Working together, Dr. Richardson and the four undergraduates developed the structure of a Women's Fraternity that would be in national scope. In his many writings, Dr. Richardson often said that founding Chi Omega was his most precious accomplishment and the one in which he had the most pride and satisfaction.
On April 5, 1895 the founders signed the first constitution and ritual. There were fourteen original members, including the Founders. They promised loyalty to goals which have proven timeless in content and application. Throughout its history, Chi Omega has focused on the personal growth of its members - academically, socially, and emotionally. The intrinsic worth of each individual has been the inspiration of the Fraternity, resulting in the successful growth and development of Chi Omega.
Today, Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternal organization in the world with 300,000 initiates and 170 collegiate chapters. Since its beginning, Chi Omega has nurtured its members by providing them with unique opportunities in leadership, in scholarship, and in life-long friendship. Ours is a distinguished history...and our most vital role has been the preparation of young women to achieve their highest possible aspirations.
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The Nu Alpha chapter of Chi Omega first appeared on the Stanford campus in 1915. Chi Omegas lived in what is now Muwekma until all sororities were banned by the University in 1944. Following Title IX, the University permitted sororities back on campus. In the spring of 1990, a group of girls went through Recruitment feeling that none of the sororities truly fit them. From their desire to create an organization that they could call their own, the local sorority Chi Alpha Pi (Change Action Perseverance) was born. Nu Alpha of Chi Omega was reestablished on the Stanford Campus in 1991, when the girls of Chi Alpha Pi were initiated into national Chi Omega by their sisters of Mu Chapter at Berkeley.
In the spring of 2005, Nu Alpha chapter of Chi Omega found themselves facing extinction. In the same spirit that Chi Omega was brought back to Stanford in 1991, a group of resilient girls was able to rebuild this chapter with a shared vision and the ideals upheld by the original five founders.