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Omega Phi Beta
FoundedMarch 15, 1989; 35 years ago (March 15, 1989)
University at Albany, SUNY
Motto"Sirviendo y Educando a Través de Nuestra Diversidad"
("Serving and Educating Through Our Diversity")
Colors  Black   Forest Green   Radiant Gold
PublicationEl Girasol
PhilanthropyViolence against women
Chapters51 collegiate; 15 alumnae
Colonies1 collegiate, 4 alumae
NicknameOPBSI, Betas, Radiant Sisters, Sunflowers & Girasoles
HeadquartersRadio City Station
PO Box 2104

New York, NY 10101-2104
United States
WebsiteOfficial website

Omega Phi Beta (ΩΦΒ) is a Latina-oriented collegiate sorority founded in 1989 at the State University of New York in Albany, New York.[1] It is a member organization of National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations.


Omega Phi Beta was founded on March 15, 1989, at the State University of New York in Albany, New York by seventeen women of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Its founders wanted to create an outlet for all women with an emphasis on multiculturalism, as well as community service and sisterhood. The sorority is Latina-oriented, not Latina-based, further emphasizing its dedication to diversity.

The sorority initially expanded on the East Coast but has since formed chapters at colleges and universities in the Midwest, California, and Southeast. It is a member organization of National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).


Omega Phi Beta's colors are black, forest green, and radiant gold. Its flower is the sunflower and its mascot is the hummingbird. Its motto is "Sirviendo y Educando a Través de Nuestra Diversidad" or "Serving and Educating Through Our Diversity". Its publication is El Girasol.


Omega Phi Beta was the first Latina sorority to participate in and win Step Correct, a traditionally National Pan-Hellenic Council competition.[2] In 2007, MTV's True Life featured the journey of the Soul Steppin' Divas National Step Team compete in the episode "I'm Stepping". In 2014, the Art of Stepping team was inducted to the Art of Step/Stroll Hall of Fame.

Awards and recognition


Omega Phi Beta's national philanthropy, Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women, includes all forms of violence affecting women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual mutilation, stalking and human trafficking.[3]

In June 2005, the sorority established a partnership with Amnesty International.[4] It has also helped to raise over ten thousand dollars towards AIDS research and domestic violence awareness initiatives.[5] It has created youth mentoring groups such as S.O.U.L. (Steppin’ Off to Unite Latinas) and the Madrinas Program and various scholarships such as the Reach For the Gold book scholarship.

Omega Phi Beta Foundation

Omega Phi Beta Foundation is a national philanthropic organization committed to initiatives that build a safe and equitable world for women and girls through leadership and educational programs for communities nationwide. The foundation was created in response to the ongoing need for role models and leaders in the community.[6]

Chapter List

Main article: List of Omega Phi Beta chapters

The sorority has chartered 50 undergraduate chapters.[1][7] It also 15 alumnae chapters and colonies.[7]

Notable members


  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. ^ "True Life: I'm a Stepper". MTV. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Omega Phi Beta Hosts Pace's First SlutWalk". The Pace Chronicle. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Human trafficking week: film screenings, discussions attempt to raise awareness, promote campus activism". The DePauw. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  5. ^ "SLU donated to the Omega Phi Beta National Step Team's 3rd Annual Step Tour". Retrieved 6 March 2005.
  6. ^ "OPBSI Announces Launch of Omega Phi Beta Foundation!". Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b Incorporated, Omega Phi Beta Sorority. "Chapters and Collectives – Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated". Retrieved 2023-12-06.