The proud history of the Great Lakes is built on the celebrated work ethic of members in the region and their intense love for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®.

This region’s story mirrors the struggles and gains of women and Blacks in our country evidenced by the move of our conferences from community housing to mainstream hotels. The intrepid women who have led the Great Lakes Region as Regional Directors also made their mark as pioneers in their careers and communities while serving Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

There are ninety-seven Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapters located in Michigan, Western New York, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia comprising the AKA Great Lakes Region. The Region’s first Undergraduate Chapter was Zeta, chartered in 1916 at Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio. Alpha Omega, the Sorority’s first graduate Chapter was chartered as Eta Chapter in 1917 on the campus of Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. The name was changed in 1922. Omega Xi Omega, New Haven Michigan, chartered December 11, 2016 is the region’s newest graduate chapter. Zeta Epsilon, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, chartered April 29, 2012 is the regions’ newest undergraduate chapter.

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