Chapter Name: The "Unstoppable and Irresistible" Upsilon Iota Chapter
National Founding: 1920
Chapter Founding: 1980, Recharted in 2015
National Web Site: zphib1920.org
Official Colors: Royal Blue and White
Motto: A Community-Conscious, Action-oriented Organization
Founding Principles: Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood
Philanthropy: Z-HOPE™: Zetas Helping Other People Excel, National Educational Foundation, Get Engaged, March of Dimes, Stork's Nest Prenatal Care Program, Breast Cancer Awareness, Adopt-A-School
Chapter President: N/A
Chapter Advisor: Sarah Berry
Chapter Status: Active
Organization and Chapter History
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. by five undergraduate women also known as Our Pearls. The membership of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. includes 125,000+ college-educated, dynamic, community service-driven, diverse and professional women. The benefits of membership include opportunities for professional development, personal development, and sisterhood. Our members are active in their respective communities and hold dear the ideals of Service, Scholarship, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood.
Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally. The sorority takes pride in its continued participation in transforming communities through volunteer services from members and its auxiliaries. Zeta‘s national and local programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.
Zeta is proud to be home to many firsts:
- First National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to centralize its operations in a national headquarters
- First to charter a chapter in Africa
- First to form auxiliary groups
- First and the only NPHC sorority to be constitutionally bound to a brother fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
The Upsilon Iota Chapter was originally chartered January 5, 1980, at The University of New Orleans by 8 undergraduate women: Joan Brown, Dwana Christy, Joyce Christy, Netrecia Cummings, Lynette Henry, Yolanda Lockwood, Diana Russell, and Deidre Williams. The chapter was rechartered on January 26, 2015. Past accolades include earning the Excellence in Scholarship award from 2014-2018. We continue to honor their legacy of excellence.
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