Alpha Kappa Alpha | Photo by Arden Reimer| The Wright State Guardian
Alpha Kappa Alpha promotes unity, friendship and a safe place for women as a multi-decade sorority on Wright State’s campus.
According to the AKA website, the first AKA Chapter was on the campus of Howard University in 1908, making it the first intercollegiate Black sorority. Wright State’s AKA Chapter was chartered in November of 1970, according to the Wright State Student Involvement and Leadership Greek life website.
In recent decades, it merged with the University of Dayton’s chapter.
According to AKA’s website, its mission statement is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and friendship among college women, study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women, maintain a progressive interest in college life, and serve others.
Vice president of the WSU organization, Courtney Guy, joined the organization due to previous family members being a part of the chapter.
Hostess of the organization, Imani Williams, joined in spring of 2022 for similar reasons. Williams had a history of personal relations being involved with AKA and was also drawn to the organization due to its significant community service projects.
“[AKA allowed me to] get out of my comfort zone, be a leader,” Williams added.
Williams said it is AKA that has given personal confidence and the position to grow.
According to AKA’S website, AKA’s has prepared multiple programs for 2022-2026.
“[The initiatives] empower our families, build our economic wealth, enhance our environment, advocate for social justice and to uplift our local community,” the website reads.
Guy explained that currently, AKA is focusing on financial literacy and sisterhood. Next month, its mission is Earth Month, with plans to plant trees and work on making a cleaner environment.
An average club meeting is either on UD’s campus or Wright State’s Campus to discuss upcoming events.
Williams said that the benefits of the WSU chapter being joined with UD is that it promotes community and togetherness.
“[I have] met a lot of people that I never would have,” Williams said.
Additionally, the sorority is now able to reach more people with its mission. Guy provided some advice for students who want to join a sorority or other Greek life on campus.
“Do your research, find which sorority values and targets mean something to you,” Guy said, adding that, while the organization is predominantly African American, anyone is welcome.
According to Guy, the club hopes to continue being a magnified voice on campus and in the community through service and inspiration toward success.
For more information about WSU’s AKA chapter, visit the sorority’s Engage page.