Sigma Psi Zeta was founded on March 23rd, 1994 at the State University of New York at Albany and incorporated on March 15th, 1996. It is the first Greek-lettered Asian-interest sorority to be established on the East Coast. Sigma Psi Zeta is a social, cultural, educational, and community service-oriented sorority. We are recognized under the laws of the State of New York. Our founders are Gina Han, Sally Hsieh, Jean Kim, Jenny Kim, Sandra Lam, Winnie Liu, Yan-Chieh Liu, Sung-Yon Noh, Michelle Macaraig, and Loan Trang.
The Theta Chapter was founded on November 18th, 2000 by our stunning Charters; Amy Cheung, Nar Dong, Helen Han, Charlene Ho, Eunice Kim, Daphuong Nguyen, Yei-Yu Sun, Misa Tang, and Marie Tongol. We pride our organization in being comprised of diverse, beautiful, ambitious, diligent, professional, and articulate women.
Since its inception at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, our chapter has not only grown in numbers but also in solidarity. We currently stand 106 members strong. With every newly initiated class, we are reminded of the core ideals that bring us together and continue to exemplify those values.
10 Rays of Sisterhood
Flower: Yellow Rose with Babies’ Breath
Vision: To become an international organization uniting the sisters to follow the code of loyalty, allegiance, and dedication.
Mission: To promote unity among women and the awareness of the Asian/Asian-American cultures and heritages.
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 the community at large.
Our philanthropy is to combat the violence against women in its varied forms. Forms of abuse may include, but are not limited to, the following: rape, incest, stalking, harassment, exploitation, sexual assault, domestic violence, the trafficking of women and children, the abuse of migrant workers, intimidation at work, child abuse, and spousal abuse. Any kind of physical, emotional or mental duress constitutes violence.
Sigma Psi Zeta formally adopted this as our National Philanthropy in 1999. Among the first Asian-interest sorority to take on this very worthwhile cause, Sigma Psi Zeta hopes to bring awareness to our campus, our local communities, and the community at large.
To accomplish this we help at women’s shelters, lend support to women that need this type of aide, direct victims to the proper facilities, hold workshops to educate the community, collaborate with other organizations with similar goals and donate to local shelters or charities that advocate this cause.
For over ten years, Sigma sisters have built a campaign to help those affected by this tragic violence, to educated the community about the nature of this problem, and to empower our sisters to make a lasting commitment to the issue of violence against women.