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History of Omega Phi Alpha
In 1953, a group of male college students in the Zeta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity at Bowling Green State University decided they needed another organization to help them with projects on campus and in the city of Bowling Green, Ohio. The original thought was to establish another service fraternity at the university; however, after a number of women expressed interest, plans were made to organize a women’s service sorority instead. Since the objectives of the two organizations were the same: service, leadership and friendship, a similar name was chosen: Omega Phi Alpha. Membership was initially only open to university women who had been Girl Scouts or Camp Fire Girls.
In 1958, a group of women at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti formed another Omega Phi Alpha chapter. In late 1962, a group of women at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut independently formed a third chapter. In the spring of 1966, the Bowling Green chapter registered the sorority as a national organization, and then asked the other chapters to affiliate. A national organizing convention was scheduled at Bowling Green in June 1967. At the convention, the three groups discussed ideas and agreed to the requirements and structure that formed Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority.
Since OPA’s founding in 1967, the sorority has expanded to 31 college campuses in 19 states.
Being the first women’s organization on campus, Omega Phi Alpha is a great group of girls who share the common interest of service. This organization has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a leader. I have gained life long friendships and experiences I will never forget and encourage girls to rush OPA.
OPhiA has given me a set of extremely supportive friends and helped me find my home in college. I absolutely encourage every woman at Texas A&M to rush and find out what makes Omega Phi Alpha such a special and loving place.
OPA was one of the first places I felt most accepted at Texas A&M. It gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the community while growing in friendships with others in the like mind. OPA is welcoming, a way to give back, and gain some of your best friends.