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Inspire Ambition

Columbia University - Alpha

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Alpha Omicron Pi's

Core Values


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Commitment to
Character

Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on a promise to serve not only one another but the greater community as well. This commitment reflects a philosophy of friendship, concern, and usefulness in the world.

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Commitment to
Dignity

Whether a member chooses to serve as a chapter officer, or represent AOII as a member of other campus or community organizations, there are numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills as a member of AOII.

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Commitment to
Scholarship

AOII encourages all members to excel academically and has many programs designed to assist women in achieving their academic goals. Expectations are high but the support provided by scholarship programs, academic development officer resources, and fellow members makes success attainable.

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Commitment to
College Loyalty

From collegiate years on through alumnae involvement, the reason AOIIs continue service is the joy of spending time together and sharing the insights learned from the relationships we build and sustain.

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Letter from the President


Hello and welcome to Alpha Chapter!

On January 2, 1897, our four founders, Stella, Bess, Jessie, and Helen, met in Columbia’s very own Low Library to establish a fraternity to emulate the strong friendships they found here at Columbia. They sought to establish an organization that was unique in its acceptance of diversity, desire for lifelong friendship, and commitment to service. At its core, AOII is about loyalty, sincerity, and kindness and the fact that our founders pledged themselves to each other here at Columbia over 120 years ago makes it all the more special. And, as I look at each member of AOII, it is clear that they live out our founders’ legacies each and every day.

Joining AOII was hands down the best and most empowering decision I made here at Columbia. I’ve met my best friends and surrounded myself with some of the strongest, most motivated, and passionate women I know. One thing I love most about AOII is the warm and welcoming community you join that accepts you exactly the way you are. Our mission statement, “Inspire Ambition” rings true every single day. My fellow AOIIs inspire me inside and outside the classroom, at chapter, on campus, and most often when they assume no one is looking.

My hope is that you all realize the same love, strength, and inspiration from AOII that I have. I promise - there’s something truly spectacular found here.



Alpha love and all of mine,

Leandra Meraglia-Garcia