This past November our chapter was pleased to elect our very first Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging to the executive board, Erika Barrios. Erika was a key advocate for the creation of this position during her term as Alpha Alpha's treasurer in 2018. The purpose of this position is to ensure that our chapter functions in a way that is welcoming and accepting of members from all backgrounds. Erika was the perfect fit to provide this perspective, having a deep background in allyship and facilitation on Northwestern's campus. When asked what it means to her to represent this new journey for our chapter Erika said "I am really excited to elevate and deepen the boundaries of this position through it's role on the executive board. This role is as much mine to build as it is the chapter member's to shape to their individual needs. I am hoping to make Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging a more integral part of Alpha Alpha's daily operations. I wish to motivate other chapters on our campus and my sisters nationally to engage with Diversity and Inclusion within their own communities more critically and with more depth." We are so excited to see what Erika has in store for the Alpha Alpha chapter, and are so inspired by her drive and dedication to creating a more inclusive sisterhood.
Alpha Alpha, Northwestern University
About Alpha Alpha Chapter
Alpha Alpha was founded on September 18, 1920 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. We've been around 98 years and going strong!
Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 16. We currently have a total of 84 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.7! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 2 service hours and $958.00!
On November 11, 2017, Christine Niehaus, Alpha Alpha - Northwestern, performed the original score by Zamecnik in a performance of the silent film "Wings," the first film to ever win the Academy Award for best picture. This was sponsored by The American Film Institute, which has relocated from the Kennedy Center to a wonderful Art Deco theater in Silver Springs, MD. AFI had a beautiful digital copy of the film, an excellent piano, and a large and appreciative audience, which gave Ms. Niehaus a standing ovation. Many of the audience members remained beyond the exit music in order to ask questions about the score and how one prepares to perform live with a silent film.
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, four members of the Alpha Alpha Chapter at Northwestern University went to the football game to can for the Northwestern University Dance Marathon. The members raised over $2,600 in two hours to benefit the primary beneficiary, Cradles to Crayons, and the secondary beneficiary, the Evanston Community Foundation.
Every year, Alpha Alpha has a team participating in Dance Marathon. Last year, Dance Marathon raised over $1.2 million for GiGi's Playhouse and the Evanston Community Foundation. Alpha Alpha members are excited for the year ahead and cannot wait to raise awareness and get involved with this year's primary beneficiary.
Cradles to Crayons provides children under 12 with some of the essential items that they need for school, home, and play. "We are so proud of our sisters and cannot wait to see how successful our team is at Dance Marathon this year!" said Andrea Shepard, Vice President of Philanthropy.
Carrie Ingerman, a 2016 initiate of the Alpha Alpha Chapter, was awarded with the Outstanding New Member of the Year award by Northwestern University's Fraternity & Sorority Life. Carrie was nominated and awarded for her commitment to the community and the sorority.
Carrie founded a campus organization called "Beyond Compliance" that aims to build a community for students with disabilities, increase visibility and awareness about disabilities on campus, and empowers students with disabilities to be their own advocates. Upon joining Delta Zeta, Carrie immediately became involved as the chapter's Relay for Life Chair. She is also a member of the chapter's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a caring sister and an exceptional member of Delta Zeta.
The Alpha Alpha Chapter hosted its first annual Hike For Hearing event on May 20, 2016. Northwestern University students and Evanston community members participated in a 5k race and silent disco, featuring informational booths about the Starkey Hearing Foundation and The Painted Turtle camp, and showcasing music by local student DJs. The chapter raised over $4,600 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
"This was our first time doing a silent disco and 5k," said Caroline Spikner, Vice President of Philanthropy. "I'm so excited to see how the event continues to grow and develop into a solid philanthropy event that will truly benefit speech and hearing!"
Four Alpha Alpha Chapter members from Northwestern University spent their spring break volunteering in Brazil. Caroline Kaden, Sammi Roth, Hannah Johnson and Brittany Gault painted a theatre at a school in Rio de Janeiro, demonstrating their commitment as caring global citizens.
Weronika Wasilewski, a member of the Alpha Alpha Chapter at Northwestern University, was awarded with a competitively selected Fulbright Fellowship to teach English at a university in Poland after graduation. She is working to obtain her Master of Science in Learning & Organizational Change at Northwestern. Weronika combines her love for problem solving with a passion for education, and will bring excellence to her teaching in Poland. She served the chapter as Academic Chairman in 2015.
April 8, 2016
Erin Dierker, of the Alpha Alpha Chapter at Northwestern University, recently co-founded Northwestern Women in Business, a new organization focused on empowering business-minded women with the background and network to support their professional endeavors.
Erin is a junior at Northwestern University majoring in Statistics and Economics while pursuing a Kellogg Certificate in Managerial Analytics. "I am passionate about enabling women to succeed in a variety of disciplines and founded the Women in Business chapter here at Northwestern in addition to acting as VP Operations for the Women in Leadership Executive Board," Erin says on her LinkedIn profile.
The Alpha Alpha Chapter achieved a 3.71 fall quarter 2015 GPA, the highest of all 12 sororities on campus. This is also the sixth consecutive quarter that the chapter has had the highest cumulative GPA, currently a 3.59, on campus.