On Sunday, April 13, a group of 12 young ladies from the University of New Mexico chartered the first undergraduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in the state of New Mexico. The undergraduate chapter will make their PINK P.R.E.M.I.E.R.E. grand appearance and introduction to the campus community on Tuesday, April 15 at 7:08 p.m.
Dr. Eliseo Torres, vice president, Student Affairs, Debbie Morris, director, Greeklife and Scott Carreathers, director, African American Student Services, were in attendance to extend greetings from UNM. Chelle M. Luper Wilson, South Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incs. was the guest speaker at the luncheon and presiding officer of the chartering events.
Alpha Kappa Alpha, founded at Howard University in Washington, DC., is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women in 1908. The goal of the organization is to provide community service to address significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly. It has a legacy of service that deepens, rather than ends, with college graduation. The sorority is one of the members of the Divine Nine (National PanHellenic Group).
The mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 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."