In some 300 Alpha Chi chapters across the country, student members are key leaders. Members serve as chapter officers, choosing their own events, orienting their own outreach, and even spending their own funds. For this reason, the goals and focus will vary widely from chapter to chapter. At a tightly knit liberal arts college that inducts 10 to 20 members a year, the priorities will differ greatly from one at a larger university registering 100 to 200 new members annually.
At all chapters, however, the priority is fuel a robust intellectual life on campus. Across the country, Alpha Chi chapters celebrate and cultivate the life of the scholar. Chapters sponsor lectures, forums, debates, workshops and publication opportunities. These invigorating events will benefit both members and non-members alike.
We believe the ultimate aim of any scholarly pursuit is to make our world better in some tangible way. Our members tend to be people who are both conscientious and engaged, fueling change on the macro and micro levels. Many chapters embrace service as part of their local mission, working to meet the unique needs of their communities and campuses.
Each chapter functions with an adviser (Alpha Chi calls them sponsors) who acts as the liaison to the national office. Your sponsor (and their colleagues) are some of the brightest faculty on campus—you’ll have special access to them. Many chapters also elect assistant sponsors who help the primary sponsor with these duties.