What is Sigma Psi Zeta?
Sigma Psi Zeta is a progressive, multicultural Greek organization that has historically been Asian-interest, but not Asian-exclusive. We are a cultural, social, educational, and community service oriented sorority. We were founded on March 23, 1994 and incorporated on March 15, 1996. Our sorority is recognized under the laws of the State of New York.
Who are we nationally?
On February 28, 1994, the founding mothers of Sigma Psi Zeta aimed to establish an organization that encompassed the strength of today’s Asian-American woman and her potential for making an impact on the world around her. They came together as friends, realizing the apathy towards Asian women and the dual disadvantage for being “The Silent Minority.” They wanted to initiate change and agreed to create an organization to fight against the injustices historically suffered by our gender and race.
The structure of a Greek Letter organization addressed the need for the organization to nurture bonds between women that surpass those of traditional clubs and associations. At the same time, these ten women of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds hoped that the organization would nurture the bonds of sisterhood, and become a vehicle for action in addressing the needs of Asian-American women on their campus. They then took an oath of loyalty, allegiance, and dedication to each other and their cause. A sorority was established, adopting Sigma Psi Zeta as the letters to represent the sisterhood.
On March 23rd, 1994, the sisterhood of Sigma Psi Zeta was formally recognized by the State University of New York at Albany, signifying the birth of many firsts. Our Alpha Chapter was established on that date, as well as the birth of the first East Coast-based Asian sorority. There are now more than 1,000 members who have contributed to the organization’s history and will contribute to its prolific future. Along our accomplishments within our communities, we have managed to excel as a sisterhood by providing each other with unconditional support in professional and personal endeavors. Sigma Psi Zeta has been able to capture the true essence of sisterhood, and we are open to extend our family to others.
We are pioneers and activists as our founding mothers were before us. Our chapter members, both undergraduate and alumnae, enjoy a distinguished reputation for activism, scholarship, character, and leadership. These are women who still embrace the beliefs of our founders by sharing universal sisterhood in their hearts and lives. We are an organization that seeks to educate and enlighten all people, regardless of race, about Asians and Asian-Americans: our achievements, our struggles, our interests, and identity.
As a sorority what do we strive to do?
Vision: To become a national organization uniting the sisters to follow the code of loyalty, allegiance, and dedication.
Mission: To promote unity of women and the awareness of the Asian/Asian American culture and heritage.
Goal: To best demonstrate sisterhood and allegiance by merging all efforts and interests to provide an invaluable experience for the sisters and services to the local communities and community at large.