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OUR CHARTER

OUR CHARTER HISTORY

In January of 2016, Annie Nguyen and Mercy Chang met together to establish an interest group called SBTAO - Sisters Bonded Together as One - at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). They sought not only to create sisterhood, but also to promote leadership, scholarship, community service, and cultural awareness in hopes to establish the first multicultural sorority on campus with Asian roots. Following their belief that the sorority would provide women with a support system not otherwise found on campus, the ladies of SBTAO worked persistently to become a group that would acquire the respect and interest not only the IUPUI campus but also the surrounding community of Indianapolis, and the existing chapters of Sigma Psi Zeta.

 

By Fall 2017, they solidified a new group of nine women - Mercy Kong Chang, Melody Hsieh, Sydney Huynh, Sachika Iwamoto, Abby Mendoza, Annie Nguyen, Michelle Quan, Kurumi Sawaki, and Isabella Tuimuk- to continue pursuing their shared vision of eternal sisterhood.

 

To create a campus presence, they collaborated with other multicultural organizations to bring awareness to Asian and Multicultural representation. Through their active participation in the community, they also inspired others to learn more about Asian culture in America. Most importantly, the ladies built strong bonds that would last a lifetime.

 

On April 8th of 2018, the ladies officially crossed into the sisterhood and formed the Alpha Omicron Charter of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.

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From Left to Right Charter Members:
Sachika Iwamoto, Michelle Quan, Mercy Kong Chang, Isabella Tuimuk, Abby Mendoza, Sydney Huynh, Melody Hsieh
Not Pictured: Annie Nguyen and Kurumi Sawaki

Awards & Achievements 

2020-2021

Outstanding Multicultural Student Organization of the Year, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.

Outstanding Philanthropic Program of the Year, "Until Today: Reclaiming Our Voices"

Jaguar Pride Award, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.

Best Online Presence Award, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.

Multicultural Greek Council President of the Year, Rexella Abaigar

Multicultural Student Leader Award, Katherine Shr

MCGC Woman of the Year, Sachika Iwamoto

Distinguished Graduate Student Leader Award, Natalie Mendez

Rising Star Award, Serena Srun

Values in Action Award, Katherine Shr

Unsung Hero Award, Sydney Vandersteeg

2019-2020

Outstanding Registered Student Organization of the Year, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.

Unsung Hero Award, Serena Srun

Values in Action Award, Abigail Mendoza

Visionary Leadership, Natalie Mendez

2018-2019

Asian Heritage Celebration Dinner, Leader of the Year, Mercy Chang

Fraternity and Sorority Life Leaders of Distinction, Isabella Tuimuk

Multicultural Fraternity and Sorority Member of the Year, Mercy Chang

2017-2018

Asian Heritage Celebration Dinner, Leader of the Year, Annie Nguyen

Asian Heritage Celebration Dinner, Community Leader, SBTAO Interest Group