Kappa Chi Alpha focuses on faith, service in local community

Kappa Chi Alpha, a local sorority here at Baylor, kicks off its own recruitment week that's filled with events to give students an opportunity to find community. Photo courtesy of Kappa Chi Alpha

By Clara Snyder | Staff Writer

Founded in 1990, Kappa Chi Alpha (KXA), a non-denominational service sorority, was created to allow Christian women to grow alongside like-minded women, according to its website.

Hannah Harvey, Fort Worth junior and president of KXA, said the non-Panhellenic sorority unites girls who come from diverse backgrounds.

“We are all very different people with different backgrounds,” Harvey said. “But we’ve come together because we share a love of Christ and a love of neighbor.”

According to its website, the Greek letters KXA were chosen by the charter members for their meaning: “Keeping Christ First.”

Despite being a non-Panhellenic sorority, KXA participates in traditional Greek practices with bigs and littles, chapter meetings and social events, and it participates in All-University Sing and Pigskin Revue.

Sherman junior and KXA member Jenn Graves said Pigskin Revue helps foster relationships among the members in an outside environment, and the top teams perform for alumni and family over homecoming weekend.

“KXA values community and fellowship and does all of the fun things that other sororities do, but with Christ at the center,” said Harvey.

Like Panhellenic sororities, KXA is also involved in a philanthropy: a local nonprofit organization called Mission Waco.

This local organization is a “Christian urban ministry committed to empowering the poor and the local church, both locally and globally,” according to KXA’s philanthropy page.

Harvey said the sorority works with Mission Waco to provide care for the marginalized people of the community.

Each semester, KXA also participates in Steppin’ Out, where it dedicates four hours on a specific Saturday to do a service project in Waco.

“Even though we are inside the Baylor bubble, we are able to reach out into Waco,” Graves said. “Not only walking out daily faith, but also being able to show it to others has been a really important part of my college career.”

In KXA, participation in Steppin’ Out is mandatory. Graves said having a heart of service is very important for incoming members because the organization could very easily be turned self-serving.

“Our biggest … requirement to apply is that you have to be genuine about your relationship with the Lord because we want to build community and have people we can walk through life with,” Graves said. “It can easily be turned into ‘an organization for me’ when we want to be first and foremost being able to show Christ’s love to the community.”

With KXA’s recruitment happening this week, Harvey said she encourages anyone interested to contact the sorority with any questions they may have.

“If anyone thinks KXA might be the place for them, we greatly encourage them to come check it out,” Harvey said.