Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas, Chi Omega is the largest women's fraternal organization in the world with over 350,000 initiates and 178 collegiate chapters.
One of the most unique aspects of the Eta Lambda chapter is our diversity. We have members from all different backgrounds, concentrating in a variety of majors & hobbies, hailing from all parts of the world.
Here at American University, we pride ourselves on being strong, involved members of our school and greater Washington D.C. community. Chi O sisters participate in campus activities ranging from club soccer and student publications to holding leadership positions on Peer Health Exchange and the Panhellenic Council. Chi Omega has a huge presence in academic, athletic, artistic and service activities on campus and in the greater Greek community.
The Eta Lambda chapter at American University was founded in 1993.
Chi Omega has a national philanthropy alliance with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. As an organization, Chi Omega has raised over $33 million and volunteered over 1.4 million hours of service for Make-A-Wish.
The Eta Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega contributes to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, serving children in the local DMV area. Each Spring, we host Sand Slam, our annual beach volleyball tournament benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.
In 2022, with the help of 30 teams and over 180 participants, we raised $15,000 for Make-A-Wish. Sand Slam gives the AU community a unifying, wholesome day of outdoor fun that benefits a greater cause that is close to our hearts.
While Sand Slam happens in the Spring, our efforts to support Make-A-Wish continue all year. During Wish Week, the chapter raises money with fun activities. Some include “Wings for Wishes” at Wingos, Krispy Kreme donut sales, and “Pie a Chi O” on the quad.
The Chapter is in close correspondence with the Make-A-Wish Mid Atlantic office, which is just down the road in Bethesda, MD. They will often reach out to the members of Eta Lambda to volunteer at local Make-A-Wish events, such as the Make-A-Wish ball. Members are also able to attend wishes being granted in the DMV area. In 2021, the sisters of Eta Lambda attended 4-year-old Abi’s wish. This gives members of Chi Omega a chance to see in-person the impact their fundraising makes while further connecting them to the organization!
Dues for Chi Omega Eta Lambda is $405 for initiated members and $690 for new members.
I am incredibly honored and grateful to be the President of the Eta Lambda chapter of Chi Omega.The sisters of Eta Lambda inspire me every single day with their strong motivation and passions. This chapter has such a strong sisterhood that shines through in our friendships with one another. Each member of Chi Omega has different interests, is involved in different activities on campus, and has their own unique passions outside of the sorority. Our members inspire me with their drive for philanthropy,
Chi Omega pushes me to my full potential and has furthered my growth as a person, and I will forever be thankful for that. Chi Omega Eta Lambda has given me such an amazing group of women who I am proud to call my sisters and my friends. I can confidently say without Chi Omega I would not have grown into the woman I am today. We are womanly always, and discouraged never. This sisterhood is for life.
Anna Maddox: President