Sigma Psi Zeta

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Sigma Psi Zeta
ΣΨΖ
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Founded March 23, 1994; 20 years ago (1994-03-23)
University at Albany
Type Cultural interest
Emphasis Asian American
Motto True to our colors red and gold;
Sisters forever heart and soul.
Colors Red and Gold          
Flower Yellow Rose with Baby's Breath
Philanthropy To Combat Violence Against Women
Chapters 30
Homepage http://www.sigmapsizeta.org

Sigma Psi Zeta (ΣΨΖ) is a Multicultural, Asian-Interest sorority. It was founded on March 23, 1994 at the University at Albany and incorporated in New York on March 15, 1996 by the 10 Founding Mothers. The sorority's colors are red and gold and its flower is a yellow rose with baby's breath.

Sigma Psi Zeta is a cultural, social, educational and community-service–oriented Greek organization. It is the third largest Asian Interest sorority in the nation. Its philanthropic focus is to combat domestic violence against women in its various forms. On a national level, Sigma Psi Zeta has adopted the New York Asian Women's Center as its adopted shelter.

Sigma Psi Zeta currently has active sisterships in the states/commonwealths of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C. It has 30 sisterships in the United States.

History[edit]

Plans for the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority were formed in the Fall semester of 1993 at SUNY Albany by a group of female undergraduates from different backgrounds. The sorority was formed in part to address the dual difficulties faced by Asian women. On 23 March 1994 the sorority was officially recognized by the University. Within a year, a second chapter was formed at SUNY Binghamton.[1]

The founding mothers were:

  • Gina Han
  • Sally Hsieh
  • Jean Kim
  • Jenny Kim
  • Sandra Lam
  • Winnie Liu
  • Yan-Chieh Liu
  • Michelle Macaraig
  • Sung-Yon Noh
  • Loan Trang

Philanthropy[edit]

Since 1999 Sigma Psi Zeta's philanthropy has been to combat violence against women. The sorority has worked against violence against women in many forms, and has focused specifically on Asian women who are historically objectified and disempowered. Local chapters and colonies participate in events such as the Take Back The Night rallies, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Domestic Violence Awareness month.[2]

Sistership Locations[edit]

Chapters[edit]

Charters[edit]

Colonies[edit]

  • [Γ] Gamma - Jamaica, NY
  • [E] Epsilon - Oneonta, NY
  • [Z] Zeta - New York, NY
  • [X] Chi - Shippensburg, PA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Story". Sigma Psi Zeta. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Philanthropy Background". Sigma Psi Zeta. Retrieved 14 December 2013.