Chapter Development Initiatives
Scholars Across America—The 2023-24 Alpha Chi National Chapter Development Initiative
In an effort to strengthen chapter activities and increase the value of Alpha Chi membership, Alpha Chi is challenging chapters to enhance collaboration among its institutions outside of the annual convention. The goal is to improve networking, mentoring, and collaborating among students and advisors. This could take any number of forms including:
The top three Alpha Chi chapters to engage in such activities can receive the honor of being named an “Alpha Chi National Collaborator” next year at the 2024 National Convention in Birmingham, Alabama.
Alpha Chi Chapters Connect Events
The Chapter Development Committee of the Alpha Chi National Council is working to increase multi-chapter networking and collaboration to add value to Alpha Chi membership. One of our goals is to help chapters develop virtual mini-events (panels, discussions, workshops) designed to bring together members from more than one chapter. This letter is your chapter’s personal invitation to be a part of this exciting Chapters Connect initiative!
Virtual events have the benefit of being low- or no-cost for planners and participants and will help chapters get to know each other and remain invigorated throughout the year. These events may be targeted at a particular constituency, such as advisors, undergraduates, or graduate students, be for a general audience, or be targeted to students in specific academic disciplines. They’re typically an hour or so in length and provide programming such as:
While examples are listed, creativity is encouraged! And don’t forget about our Chapter Activity Grant program. Many of these events could qualify for national funding!
Our committee would be delighted if you’d work with your chapter to prepare an event like this that could benefit not only your Alpha Chi members but also those beyond your campus. I encourage you to share this letter with your chapter members. If you are willing to host an event, someone from our committee can work with you between now and the event, if needed, as you develop your session.
If you are interested in hosting a Chapters Connect event, send your activity ideas or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and your email will be forwarded to me. As long as there is enough lead time before the event, Alpha Chi’s headquarters can assist in sharing and promoting your event with other chapters. We’re here to support your chapter in making regional and national Alpha Chi connections!
Dr. Steve Hoekstra, Kansas Delta
Chair, AX Chapter Development Committee