[Ed. – Progress]
Women who identify as transgender will be allowed to join Alpha Chi Omega sorority after an announcement from its national headquarters last month.
Alpha Chi Omega is the first greek organization, nationally, to recognize transgender members, though three University of Minnesota fraternity chapters and one sorority chapter changed their policies to allow students who identify as male or female to become members.
The national headquarters for Alpha Chi Omega declined to comment.
Alex Hansen, president of the University’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter, said the local chapter was notified of the change on Feb. 17.
Hansen said chapter members are excited for, and supportive of, the change.
“I know that on a national level, it was a question that was starting to come up a lot,” Hansen said. “It’s not something that a lot of chapters nationally have made the choice to have.”
The organization participates in formal recruitment in the fall and informal recruitment in the spring where potential members can learn about the chapter and decide whether they want to join.