Local Program Overview
The Epsilon Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, has a long and decorated history of serving San Diego county. For more than 60 years, EXO has helped the community through service projects, fundraisers, scholarship opportunities, educational advancement, social policy, motivating change and committing to community excellence. Below are the signature programs of EXO:
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The first Epsilon Xi Omega debutante ball was held in 1955 and founded by sorority member Barbara Anderson, under the leadership of Anna Smith as chapter president. The initial purpose of the debutante ball was to enrich cultural opportunities for Negro girls in San Diego.
Scholarships Programs and Events
Epsilon Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, has awarded academic scholarships to San Diego County High School graduates since it's chartering in 1949. Financing for the scholarships was originally awarded from proceeds garnered from the Fashionetta Fashion shows, and after 1955, when the EXO debutante ball became the fundraiser for Epsilon Xi Omega’s scholarships.
Epsilon Xi Omega launched its program for senior citizens over 30 years ago. The program, established in September 1981, by then chapter president Carrie Peery, helped the 127 seniors at the Euclid Terrace Complex. During that time, the committee consisted of chapter members: Charlotte Thomas, Vivian Traylor, and Maxcine Stevens.
Parades and Walks
The Epsilon Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated annually participates in the YMCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes domestic violence walk, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, and the Martin Luther King Parade, sponsored by the San Diego Graduate Chapter of Alpha Fraternity, Inc. All these walks serve as fundraisers and bring awareness to the community.