Gamma Zeta Alpha
ΓΖΑ
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FoundedDecember 3, 1987; 34 years ago (1987-12-03)
California State University, Chico, U.S.
TypeLatino Interest
AffiliationNALFO
ScopeWestern United States
Motto'Cultivating Leaders, Strengthening Communities'
Colors  Silver
  Black
  White
PhilanthropyCalifornia Academic Decathlon, Day of Service, Youth Conference
Chapters25 chapters
NicknameGammas
PillarsAcademic Excellence, Community Service, and Brotherhood
Headquarters620 W. McCarthy Way, Suite 194
Los Angeles, CA 90007
USA
WebsiteOfficial website

Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΓΖΑ) was founded on December 3, 1987 at California State University, Chico in Chico, California. It is a Latino Interest fraternity that emphasizes Latino culture and the success of Latino males in higher education. Although Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is Latino by tradition, membership in the fraternity is open to all college males and includes members from various ethnicities including Black, Asian, Middle Eastern, White, European, and others. Following its founding principles, the fraternity encourages and creates programs that assist disadvantaged and low-income communities. Its goals are to promote scholarship for Latinos in higher education while instilling a sense of pride in Latino heritage.[1]

History

In 1987, fifteen men came together to found what would later become Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Expansion

Since its founding, Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has expanded to include chapters at schools throughout California, and most recently in Arizona. It is the only NALFO fraternity that has never had an inactive chapter due to lack of membership. Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. strives to ensure the potential for growth for all of its chapters once they are established. By teaching prospective members organizational knowledge and valuable skill sets to run a successful chapter, Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. sets a foundation that promotes the success of its chapters within the university and surrounding communities.[2]

NALFO

Established in 1998, the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) is an umbrella council for 21 Latino Greek letter organizations across the United States. The purpose of NALFO is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.

Member requirements

To begin the membership education process of Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc, every prospective member must fulfill the following requirements:

Chapters

Chapters of Gamma Zeta Alpha include:[1][2]

Chapter University Founding Date Active
Alpha Chico State University 1987 Yes
Beta San Jose State University 1989 Yes
Gamma University of California at Berkeley 1992 Yes
Delta California State University, Northridge 1993 Yes
Epsilon California State University, Fresno 1997 No
Zeta San Diego State University 1997 Yes
Eta University of California at Los Angeles 2000 Yes
Theta University of California at Davis 2000 Yes
Iota Stanford University 2000 No
Kappa University of California at Santa Barbara 2000 Yes
Lambda California State University, Monterey Bay 2002 Yes
Mu California State University, Sacramento 2003 Yes
Nu University of California at San Diego 2004 Yes
Xi California State University, Los Angeles 2005 Yes
Omicron California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2005 Yes
Pi Arizona State University 2008 Yes
Rho University of Southern California 2010 Yes
Sigma California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 2010 Yes
Tau California State University, East Bay 2011 Yes
Upsilon California State University, Dominguez Hills 2011 Yes
Phi University of California, Merced 2012 (Alumni) No
Chi California State University, San Bernardino 2016 Yes
Psi University of San Francisco 2019 Yes
Alpha Alpha Colorado State University, Fort Collins 2020 Yes
Alpha Beta University of California, Merced 2020 Yes
Alpha Gamma University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2022 Yes

See also

References

  1. ^ a b William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive)". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 5 Jul 2021. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  2. ^ a b Gamma Zeta Alpha's chapters are listed on the national website's expansion page menu, accessed 5 Jul 2021.