|Gamma Alpha Omega|
|Founded||January 25, 1993|
Arizona State University
|Motto||Nos Una Crescemus|
(United We Will Grow)
|Colors|| Forest Green,|
|Symbol||White Bengal tiger with blue eyes|
|Flower||White thornless rose|
|Jewel||White diamond, blue sapphire and green emerald|
|Publication||The ROSE Vine|
|Philanthropy||Education (mentoring youth)|
13 alumnae chapters
|Fruit||Classic red Apple|
|Headquarters||P.O. Box 1916|
Tempe, AZ 85280
Gamma Alpha Omega (ΓΑΩ) is a Latina-founded Greek letter intercollegiate sorority, established in 1993 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The sorority has 28 collegiate chapters and 13 alumnae chapters.
Gamma Alpha Omega was founded on January 25, 1993 by eight Latina women.
From the beginning the organization was "dedicated to promoting the achievement and quest of higher education amongst all women", thus while established by Latinas it was open from the start to women of all backgrounds. Its mission is noted with four goals:
In 1997, Gamma Alpha Omega expanded beyond Arizona with the founding of Gamma chapter at the University of Washington on January 24 of that year.
In 2000, the sorority became a founding member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) when it emerged as a national association of Latino fraternal groups.
April 2001, marked a milestone for Gamma Alpha Omega, when the organization was officially recognized as an incorporated entity in the state of Arizona.
In 2012, Gamma Alpha Omega chartered the first double letter chapter for the Sorority at the University of New Mexico.
In 2016, Gamma Alpha Omega withdrew from NALFO alongside several other founding fraternity and sorority members of the council. This was due to a variety of reasons.
At its founding the sorority chose the colors Forest Green, Navy Blue and White as identifiers, along with a mascot of a "White Bengal Tiger with Blue Eyes". Further symbolism has been added over the years, including a flower, the "White Thornless Rose", and three jewels, the Green Emerald, Blue Sapphire and White Diamond. The official colors were refined with adoption of the sorority's branding guide.
The sorority notes five "pillars", important to its culture: honesty, integrity, leadership, scholarship and unity.
The sorority recognizes high-functioning chapters as "Diamond Standard" chapters.
The sorority publishes a digital magazine twice annually called The ROSE Vine.
Governance of the sorority is vested in a National Executive Board which manages the affairs of the organization on a day-to-day basis. The sorority meets in a national convention every two years during odd-numbered years. Regional conferences are held in the off-years between national conventions.
As of July 1, 2021, national officers include:
In addition, the National Administration also contains regional and national directors that assist with the different regions, areas, and departments with the National Office & Headquarters of Gamma Alpha Omega.
Active chapters noted in bold, inactive chapters noted in italics. Chapter information from the national website or the referenced Baird's Manual online archive.
|Chapter name||College / University||State||Installed Date and Range||Status||Reference|
|Alpha||Arizona State University||Arizona||January 25, 1993||Active|||
|Beta||University of Arizona||Arizona||1993||Active|||
|Gamma||University of Washington||Washington||January 24, 1997||Active|||
|Delta||Washington State University||Washington||1998||Active|||
|Epsilon||University of Wisconsin–Parkside||Wisconsin||1998||Inactive|||
|Eta||University of Idaho||Idaho||1999||Active|||
|Theta||University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh||Wisconsin||1999||Inactive|||
|Iota||Texas Tech University||Texas||1999||Active|||
|Kappa||Oregon State University||Oregon||2000||Active|||
|Lambda||University of Houston||Texas||2000||Active|||
|Mu||University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee||Wisconsin||2001||Active|||
|Xi||University of Houston–Downtown||Texas||2001||Active|||
|Omicron||Northern Arizona University||Arizona||2002||Active|||
|Pi||Humboldt State University||California||2002||Active|||
|Rho||California State University, Northridge||California||2003||Inactive|||
|Sigma||University of the Pacific||California||2003||Active|||
|Tau||University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign||Illinois||2008 ?||Inactive|||
|Upsilon||University of Oregon||Oregon||2009||Active|||
|Phi||University of Wisconsin-Whitewater||Wisconsin||2010||Inactive|||
|Chi||University of Wisconsin-Madison||Wisconsin||2011||Active|||
|Psi||Eastern Washington University||Washington||2011||Active|||
|Omega||Reserved for deceased sisters|||
|Alpha Alpha||University of New Mexico||New Mexico||2012||Inactive|||
|Alpha Beta||California State University, Fresno||California||2016 ?||Active|||
|Alpha Gamma||New Mexico Highlands University||New Mexico||2017 ?||Inactive|||
|Alpha Delta||Heritage University||Washington||2018||Active|||
|Alpha Epsilon||Texas A&M University||Texas||2019||Active|||
|Alpha Zeta||Carroll University||Wisconsin||2020||Active|||