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 $12.9 million and volunteered over half a 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 September, we host Sand Slam, our annual beach volleyball tournament benefitting Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic.
Last year, with the help of 50 teams and over 400 participants we raised $16,500 for Make-A-Wish and granted two children's wishes. 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 fall, our efforts to support Make-A-Wish continue in the spring. During Wish Week, the chapter raises money with fun activities on the quad. Some highlights include "Pie a Chi O", "Shoot for the Stars", and a special visit from Mama's Donut Bites food truck.
Following Wish Week, our chapter heads down to the National Mall to participate in the annual Walk For Wishes, sponsored by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic chapter. Sporting their Chi Omega gear, our dedicated members completed the 4.3-mile trail alongside the blooming cherry blossom trees. There is nothing greater than doing community service in the heart of the nation's capital by the District's monuments!
Dues for Chi Omega's new members are $670 and dues for initiated sisters are $50 for the online semesters (as of Fall 2020).