“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
The Brothers of Alpha Phi Omega are all unique; however, we have all come together to share our journey together, growing as leaders and servicing those in need. It does not matter where you are from. What matter is the bond that you will create when you join this fraternity. We sincerely hope that you will accept our invitation to come to our spring rush events and meet the actives that are all proud to say they are a part of ΑΦΩ.
Maritza Mireles and Szu Chen Lee
Pledge Parents | Spring 2017
What is Alpha Phi Omega?
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed National Service Fraternity, originally founded by Frank Reed Horton at Lafayette College in 1925. Inspired by the Boy Scouts of America, Horton felt there should be a collegiate organization that would strengthen people in the ideals of personal growth, tolerance, clean living, active leadership and support of the community. Alpha Phi Omega was born in this spirit and built upon the principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. Today at UCLA, the Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega carries on this tradition, building friends and leaders within the UCLA student body as well as around the nation and completing over 1500 hours of community service per term.
Who can join Alpha Phi Omega?
Alpha Phi Omega accepts people of different majors, genders (co-ed), interests, ages, ethnicities, leadership levels, years, community service background, etc. A person, however, has to be enrolled at UCLA as an undergraduate to join our chapter.
What makes Alpha Phi Omega different from a club?
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed National Service Fraternity. It is different from a club as you will grow to understand and follow the three cardinal principles: Leadership, Friendship, and Service. Our Fraternity works to develop members to grow into leaders with many opportunities and positions that will enrich their experience, as well as foster Brotherhood amongst its members which will forge life-lasting friendships. It is not merely an organization, it is a family. This bond reaches beyond just our chapter as we have close relations with other collegiate campuses in the Nation. Also, Service is one of the main principles we strive to achieve in Alpha Phi Omega. Helping out on campus and in the community, we assist people and organizations where Alpha Phi Omega can lend a hand. Leadership, Friendship, and Service are principles that we have committed ourselves to and look for Brothers who can do the same.
How do I become a member?
As each quarter begins, Alpha Phi Omega gets ready to initiate a new pledge class. We have a Rush Week which includes an informational meeting providing details about our process and week worth of events to meet the members of Chi Chapter. Then, there is a pledge process where pledges learn about the history of APO and the standards that are expected of members. Pledges participate in various service projects and must fulfill pledge requirements.
Is Alpha Phi Omega for everyone?
We would love APO to be, but that is something that each individual must decide themselves. As people have academics, jobs, and other extracurricular activities to attend to, it may not be for everyone. The pledging process is rather time-consuming and it may prove difficult to balance the many responsibilities and activities in your schedule. There is no obligation to join if one feels that it is not the right time or the right organization for them.
What does it mean to be an Alpha Phi Omega “pledge”?
The pledging process is about a quarter long which is intended to build campus and community leaders through service. Each pledge will be involved in various services & activities, learning our chapter’s values, meeting our brothers, and developing leadership skills.
Hazing is against the Alpha Phi Omega and University policy. Hazing refers to any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm. We do not tolerate or allow such actions.
Am I allowed to be in both Alpha Phi Omega and a social fraternity or sorority?
Involvement in another Greek fraternity or sorority does not conflict with potential membership Alpha Phi Omega. Members of social fraternities and sororities are welcome as well as anyone else to seek membership into our organization.