Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. may also be referred to as “ΣΨΖ”,
“SYZ”, or “Sigma” is a progressive multicultural Greek organization that provides a means to success and support for women, particularly women of color. The sorority builds on the unity of strong and independent leaders to affect change in our organization, our members, our universities, and local communities.
In the Fall of 1993 at the University at Albany, a group of women of diverse backgrounds first came together to discuss various campus issues and needs of university women. Over the next few months, they established a goal: 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.”
Sigma Psi Zeta was founded on March 23rd, 1994 by ten inspiring, dedicated women at the University at Albany in Albany, NY. In the early years, Sigma had become invested in combating violence against women, a prevalent campus issue as well as global issue. This gave Sigmas a more focused direction for campus and community programming. SYZ was incorporated in 1996, officially becoming a non-profit organization.
Over the past 24 years, SYZ has grown to over 36 campuses and across more than 16 states. Growth has been steady, but expansion in numbers has never been favored over strengthening from within. Sigma Psi Zeta's sisterhood is an everlasting bond that brings together many passionate, intelligent, creative, and hard-working women from all across the country.
Ten Rays of Sisterhood
As our sisterhood grows and evolves, Sigma Psi Zeta National develops initiatives that will encourage our sisters to achieve, while still remaining connected to the history and vision of the sorority. With this in mind, the Ten Rays of Sisterhood link the natural progression of the organization to the spirit with which the sorority was first envisioned in the Fall of 1993.
To uphold the history, values and purposes of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Inc.
To take part in the development of active sisters, new members and alumnae through positive means, to ensure that the Sigma spirit is passed through the educational, individual and collective experiences of those associated with the sorority.
To support and emphasize academic achievement.
To Combat the Violence Against Women through sister education, community awareness, activism and financial support.
To best demonstrate sisterhood and allegiance through organization, conduct and action.
To support individual sisters in their personal endeavors of leadership, sportsmanship and community involvement.
To give social and emotional support to active and alumnae sisters, thereby providing invaluable experiences.
To promote an awareness of multiculturalism and the cultures of the members represented in the sorority at large.
To serve as an example of appropriate behavior with the university, other Greeks and the community.
To inform and educate about the causes Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority holds dear.
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 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 community at large.
- Colors: Red and gold
- Flower: Yellow rose with baby's breath
- Motto: Lead from the front.
- Founded on March 23, 1994 at the University at Albany
- 30 active memberships at universities across the U.S.
- Philanthropy: To combat the violence against women
- Multicultural, with roots in Asian American women advocacy
- First East Coast-based Asian-interest sorority
- Part of NAPA (National APIDA Panhellenic Association)
- National Website: www.sigmapsizeta.org