The Gamma chapter of Alpha Pi Omega, the first Native American sorority, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The sorority was established nationally at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on September 1, 1994 and at OSU in November 2002.
“There were 14 members in that first class,” Ashley Morris, the Grand Dean of Honeycombs, told Stillwater NewsPress. She also said the chapter has held a number of events including a stickball game and a birthday party celebrating the anniversary and has more planned.
“We’re going to have a little dinner commemorating the Victory Voices, which is the first class,” she told Stillwater NewsPress.
Symphony Oxendine was responsible for bringing the sorority to OSU. She is the grand vice president.
“I felt like at the time that I was a student there that we had organizations that supported Native students at Oklahoma State and there was a lot of division in the organizations and I wanted something that was going to bring us together, no matter what tribe.” she told Stillwater NewsPress.
Back then, Oxendine saw the sorority as a support system, but there’s more she’d like the organization to be.
“I want to see us to continue to be a part of the OSU community,” she said. “I think that my biggest vision for the chapter there is to remain in the community and remain relevant and continue to provide the support system that women need at OSU.”