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Chapter Name: Xi Chi
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Motto: By Culture and By Merit
Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women. The small group of women who organized the Sorority, led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, was conscious of a privileged position as college-trained women of color, just one generation removed from slavery. They were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination.
As the Sorority grew, it kept in balance two important themes: the importance of the individual and the strength of an organization of women of ability and courage. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers. The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers. The current program is the Heart of ESP: Extraordinary Service Program. Alpha Kappa Alpha responds to the contemporary needs of the Black community with comprehensive nontraditional programs. The ESP vision embraces a five-pronged program designed to excite, galvanize and ignite the passions of its members. The five programs are Non-Traditional Entrepreneur, Economic Keys to Success, Economic Growth of the Black Family, Undergraduate Signature Program: Economic Educational Advancement through Technology and Health Resource Management and Economics. Xi Chi Historic Overview
In 1975, the Iota Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered here at General Motors Institute (GMI) in Flint. Through the years, there was a growing interest in Alpha Kappa Alpha and an increase in attendance of minority students at the other colleges and universities in the Flint area. With this, Iota Theta was dissolved and Xi Chi was newly chartered on March 23, 1985 to accommodate the entire city, becoming a city wide chapter.
Twelve lovely ladies, also known as GENESIS, were initiated through the first line of Xi Chi. The rebirth of Xi Chi came on February 17, 2008 with the initiation of ten phenomenal ladies, known as Phoenix. Continuing the legacy of service to all mankind, the Xi Chi Chapter currently includes Baker College of Flint, Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint.