Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Since the 1894 establishment of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), an Asian-interest Greek organization has historically never been introduced on campus. Recognizing this void, ten highly dedicated women: Hue Cao, Uyen Chu, Nicole Michael, Karen Lee, Hanh Nguyen, Le Nguyen, Ly Nguyen, Shayla Nguyen, Trinh Pham, and Kim Anh Pham sought to bring the first Asian Sorority to UNL. In the fall 2001, these ten women came together to form Asian Sorority Interest Group (ASIG).

Their Aim was to establish an organization that stresses scholarship, leadership, and community service. These women of ASIG went on to pledge their allegiance and loyalty to Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc., an organization founded on these principal. On January 3, 2003, the Xi Charter of Sigma Psi Zeta was established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The ten charter members worked hard to make their charter an active organization that geared toward promoting and advocating Asian-American, and women’s issues on the UNL campus. They are committed to making a significant impact on campus by introducing cultural awareness and promoting the spirit of volunteerism and activism.

On February 28, 1994, the Founding Mothers of Sigma Psi Zeta sat down together over dinner to discuss their common goal. They all 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."

On March 23rd, 1994, the State University of New York at Albany formally recognized the sisterhood of Sigma Psi Zeta. This signified 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. The Founding Mothers struggled to establish our organization, our purpose, and most importantly, a precedence by fighting the odds.

Sigma Psi Zeta immediately became a positive influence for the University at Albany campus community, as well as its Asian community. Realizing the importance of expanding our leadership, empowerment, and service, we initiated our first pledge class and established a second chapter less than a year later, which today is known as the Beta Chapter at the State University of New York at Binghamton. They too were pioneers, becoming the first Asian-Interest sorority to be established in Binghamton.

Since its' inception over ten years ago, Sigma Psi Zeta has grown to include additional sisterships with members who have pledged to uphold the same beliefs as our Founders in nine states and twenty schools. Growth has been steady, but expansion in numbers has never been favored over strengthening from within. From this small group making up the first chapter, Sigma Psi Zeta has remained steadfast throughout its history, forward to the continued growth of a sisterhood which keeps pace with the ever-changing nature of the collegiate world and contemporary Asian society.

We are pioneers and activists as our Founding Mothers were, before us. Our sisterships, 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.