The Tenacious Tau Pi Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest Greek-letter organization established for and by African American college-trained women. The small group of women who organized the Sorority was conscious of their privileged positions as college-trained women of color, just one generation removed from slavery. They were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination.
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence extends far beyond campus quads and student interests. It has a legacy of service that deepens and enriches, rather than ending with college graduation. The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls, and world assembly chambers.
The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind".
The Tenacious Tau Pi Chapter
The Tenacious Tau Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Our 12 tenacious charter members were Rashunda Armstrong, Shelby Smith, Asia Ashley, Crystal Godfey, Naomi Smith, Terrika Cook, Kyana Jenkins, Theresa Tchassama, Andreas Childs, Jessica Pierce, Kaneisha Currie, and Mareva Bone. The chapter was chartered in the Significant South Atlantic Region by 12 driven young women at Oglethorpe University located in Brookhaven, GA.
The Tau Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was the first Black Greek letter organization on the campus of Oglethorpe University. This was a momentous accomplishment for the Black community at large. Not only did it foster a social climate of diversity and inclusion, but it also motivated students to seek the charter of other Black Greek lettered organizations on Oglethorpe University’s predominately White campus. In doing so, our campus has seen a progressive broadening in initiatives that cater to and support the Black community.
With Tau Pi being chartered in the last decade, it comes as no surprise that we are relatively small in comparison to other chapters in the Significant South Atlantic Region. However, our size certainly does not affect the fortitude of our endeavors. Within our short time of existence, we are proud to proclaim the representation of our chapter at the 39th Leadership Fellows Program. Soror Alexandria Bryant represented the chapter well, developed invaluable relationships and conveyed her newfound knowledge to the members of Tau Pi as she served as the chapter’s Basileus. Her leadership has carried the chapter forth to be where we are today.
Each year, as we celebrate our tenacious charter members who made this all possible, we show our appreciation for the foundation that they have laid. Thankfully, on our fifth charter day celebration, we were able to invite our charter members back to Oglethorpe University’s campus for the unveiling of the university’s first and only Greek plot. We saw it necessary to have a physical representation of their hard work and dedication on campus. Now, as students walk by they cannot help but notice this historical landmark. On our Greek row, only one of the houses is occupied by a Black Greek lettered organization. So, this historical landmark is both a token of appreciation for our charter members and a reminder to the school community that we are here. We matter.
The Tau Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. continues to cultivate events in correspondences with our international program targets. During the 2018- 2019 school year, we have hosted a number of events including but not limited to: Voter Registration, Pink Goes Red Dance class, Talk on Women’s Health, Mocktails & Murals, AKADemic study session, Talk on Economic Literacy, Walk with Tau Pi, and The Story of (You): Self Love & Goals Workshop.
Target One: HBCU for Life: A Call To Action
Target Two: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness (Breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers)
Target Three: Building your economic legacy
Target Four: The Arts!
Target Five: Global Impact
Past and Current Members
The young women of Tau Pi are smart, caring, creative leaders who have created a special bond with their community and each other. Our members proudly represent Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated by always striving for the highest level of excellence, as our founders intended. Shared goals and interests in areas of service, academics and building solid relationships hold our chapter together and define who are we. Take a look at our member lists below, and keep browsing through the rest of our site to learn more about who we are and what we stand for.