Omega Phi Beta

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Omega Phi Beta
ΩΦΒ
Founded March 15, 1989 (March 15, 1989)
University at Albany, SUNY
Type Social, Academic,Professional
Scope National
Motto "Sirviendo y Educando a Través de Nuestra Diversidad"
("Serving and Educating Through Our Diversity")
Colors  Black   Forest Green   Gold 
Flower Sunflower
Mascot Hummingbird
Publication El Girasol
Philanthropy Raising awareness of violence against women
Chapters 43 Chapters in 60 Universities, 9 Professional Chapters
Headquarters Grand Central Station, PO Box 3352
New York, United States
Homepage www.omegaphibeta.org

Omega Phi Beta (ΩΦΒ) sorority was founded on March 15, 1989 at the State University of New York in Albany, New York. It was founded by seventeen women of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Omega Phi Beta is a member organization of National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

The organization’s goal, as its motto ("Serving and Educating Through Our Diversity") implies, is to create an outlet for all women through its emphasis on multiculturalism. The organization also prides itself on its dedication to both community service and sisterhood. OPBSI prides itself on being Latina-oriented, not Latina-based, further emphasizing its dedication to diversity.

The sorority has undergraduate and alumnae chapters and colonies predominantly based on the East Coast. The organization has expanded into the Midwest, California, and South East in the recent years.

It has helped to raise over ten thousand dollars towards AIDS research and Domestic Violence Awareness initiatives,[1] created youth mentoring groups such as S.O.U.L. (Steppin’ Off to Unite Latinas) and the Madrinas Program, created various scholarships such as the Reach For the Gold book scholarship, and was the first Latina sorority to participate in and win Step Correct, a traditionally NPHC competition (January 1, 2007).[2]

Philanthropy[edit]

Omega Phi Beta struggles to overcome the injustices and oppression of women in society. It celebrates the success of the women of our past, recognize the accomplishments of women today, and promote to uplift future generations. Recognizing that violence against women hinders progression, it has broadened the scope of its National Philanthropy to include all forms of violence affecting women, including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual mutilation, stalking and human trafficking.[3]

Through its broadened National Philanthropy, Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women, Omega Phi Beta will continue to dedicate themselves to community while making a profound commitment to women's rights. Through its partnership with Amnesty International (established June 2005), it believes that as a united front, we will have the power to achieve this mission.[4]

Omega Phi Beta Foundation[edit]

Omega Phi Beta Foundation (OPBF) has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the scope of Section 501 (c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

OPBF mission is to implement and support initiatives for women and girls that strive to build a safe and equitable world for all via leadership and educational programs for communities nationwide. The organization was created in response to the ongoing need for role models and leaders in our community.

OPBF is a national, philanthropic organization committed to providing leadership, academic and community development opportunities, through educational and grant-making initiatives that support individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing women’s rights.[5]

Awards & Recognitions[edit]

  • RISC 2012 - 1st Place in Stepping, 1st Place in Strolling[6]

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