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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION AND STORY

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OUR PILLARS

The KOA brotherhood is founded on four pillars: Networking, Enthusiasm, Service and Transformation. Together, they form the basis of our NEST, the community and family we're building on campus.

Kappa Omega Alpha (KOA) is the premier public policy professional fraternity at the University of Maryland. Our mission is to create a brotherhood of leaders who work together. 

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The University of Maryland KOA chapter was established in 2018 by then sophomore Jacqueline Ford, working with UMD faculty advisor Jennifer Littlefield and the University of Michigan KOA (first chapter established in 2009). In the spring of 2018, the UMD Professional Greek Council (PGC) recognized KOA as an observer member, and that summer KOA became an official student organization recognized by Orgsync. With our first recruitment a year ago in the fall of 2018, KOA at UMD now has 57 brothers.

OUR VALUES

We expect our members to uphold three values: Respect, Integrity and Grit. The acronym created by these values reminds us to RIG ourselves for success on these ideals that we practice daily as Terps, friends, interns and everything we are.