Gamma Alpha Omega

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Gamma Alpha Omega
ΓΑΩ
Founded January 25, 1993
Arizona State University
Type Service
Scope National
Motto Nos Una Crescemus (United We Will Grow)
Colors Navy Blue, Forest Green and White
Symbol White Bengal Tiger with blue eyes
Flower White Thornless Rose
Philanthropy Education (Mentoring Youth)
Chapters 26
Jewels White Diamond, Blue Sapphire and Green Emerald
Headquarters P.O. Box 427
Tempe, Arizona, USA
Homepage www.gammaalphaomega.com

Gamma Alpha Omega (ΓΑΩ) is a Latina-founded Greek letter intercollegiate sorority founded on January 25, 1993 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

The organization is dedicated to promoting the achievement and quest of higher education amongst all women. The pillars of the sorority are honesty, integrity, leadership, scholarship and unity. The sorority is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO). Gamma Alpha Omega was recognized nationally with the founding of Gamma Chapter, at the University of Washington on January 24, 1997. April 2001 marked a milestone for Gamma Alpha Omega, when the organization was officially recognized as an incorporated entity in the state of Arizona.

Vision Statement[edit]

To be an innovative and international leader in the Greek Community, renowned for outstanding and diverse undergraduate chapters, prestigious and engaged Alumnae, developing strong leaders and providing a lifelong sisterhood.

Mission statement[edit]

A Latina-founded, multicultural organization that exists to

  • Increase the number of women with a college education and advanced degrees.
  • Provide mentors for youth, women and under-represented communities.
  • Enhance the individual leader in each member.
  • Provide a family of lifelong support for sisters who live their lives by the pillars of Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Scholarship and Unity.

History[edit]

In 1993, four collegiate women congregated with the common goal of establishing an organization at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona that would serve towards the advancement of Latinas while promoting a quest for higher learning and volunteerism. These visionary young women saw the need to create a support system that would encourage women to become actively involved with social issues, achieve educational excellence, and serve as a motivational source for others. They envisioned generating role models that would eventually yield a considerable amount of leaders in our Latino community. Their benevolent vision became a reality on January 25, 1993 when Gamma Alpha Omega obtained acknowledgment as the first Hispanic sorority on the campus of Arizona State University. Gamma Alpha Omega respectfully pays tribute to our Most Honorable Founding Madres who, along with our National Founding Charters, set the stage for Gamma Alpha Omega's legacy and made possible the birth of a unique and strong sisterhood.

National Founding Madres

  • Michelle Seanez
  • Amy Alvarez
  • Patsy Guardado
  • Clara Lopez

National Founding Charters

  • Annette Escalante
  • Valerie Mendoza
  • Roxana Quinones
  • Sandra Saenz

The efforts put forth by the National Founding Madres and Charters have served to instill a powerful sense of dedication to self, sisterhood and community within our membership. More than ten years after our inception, Gamma Alpha Omega continues to see the long-standing effects of their extraordinary foresight.

Gamma Alpha Omega has expanded over the west coast with established chapters in 18 locations and numerous interest groups nationwide. Our membership has grown to include women of various backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. Members of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc. strive to uphold the values of the sorority - Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Scholarship and Unity- as they continue to excel in their respective campuses and surrounding areas.[1]

National Alumnae Association[edit]

The National Alumnae Association (NAA) is a collective of GAO alumnae across the nation. The NAA is composed of six regions—Northwest, Southwest, Midwest North, Midwest South, Northeast and Southeast. National Alumnae participate in programming and activities at both the regional and national levels, and are reserved special privileges at both levels.

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