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Sigma Psi Zeta
FoundedMarch 23, 1994; 28 years ago (1994-03-23)
University at Albany
TypeCultural interest
Motto"Lead from the front."
ColorsRed and Gold    
FlowerYellow Rose with Baby's Breath
PhilanthropyTo Combat Violence Against Women
NicknameSYZ, Sigmas

Sigma Psi Zeta (ΣΨΖ) Sorority, Inc., also known as Sigmas or SYZ, is a progressive multicultural sorority. It was founded on March 23, 1994 at the University at Albany and incorporated in New York on March 15, 1996 by the 10 Founding Mothers. The sorority's colors are red and gold and its flower is a yellow rose with baby's breath. It is a part of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA).

Sigma Psi Zeta is a cultural, social, educational and community service–oriented Greek organization. It is the third largest Asian-interest sorority in the nation. Its philanthropic focus is to combat violence against women in its various forms. Sigma Psi Zeta is an official partner of the White House initiative, It's On Us, which launched as a result of the ARC3 Survey.

Sigma Psi Zeta currently has active memberships in the states/commonwealths of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. It has 43 memberships in the United States.


Plans for the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority were formed in the Fall semester of 1993 at SUNY Albany by a group of female undergraduates from different backgrounds. The sorority was formed in part to address the dual difficulties faced by Asian women. On March 23, 1994 the sorority was officially recognized by the University. Within a year, a second chapter was formed at SUNY University at Binghamton.[1][2]

The founding mothers were:

Internally, the sorority uses the term "womxn" instead of "woman" or "women"; Similarly, it uses "sxsters" or "syzters" in place of "sisters". Similar terminology has been adopted by other multi-cultural organizations.


Since 1999, Sigma Psi Zeta's philanthropy has been to combat violence against women. The sorority has worked against violence against women in many forms, and has focused specifically on Asian women who are historically objectified and disempowered. Local chapters and colonies participate in events such as the Take Back The Night rallies, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Domestic Violence Awareness month.[3]

Membership locations

The sorority differentiates between three levels of organization at its campus units. "Chapter" status appears to be the ultimate goal of any of their campus groups, with approximately half the active chapters having reached that stage. Newer or emerging groups are called "Charters", and a third type is denoted as "Interest Groups". An interest group must have permission to form from campus administration, must include at least ten members, and eight of these must be freshmen or sophomores.[4] Active groups are listed here in bold, inactive groups are listed in italics.[2]



Inactive groups


  1. ^ "Our Story". Sigma Psi Zeta. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive), section showing Sigma Psi Zeta chapters". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 1 January 2022. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  3. ^ "Philanthropy Background". Sigma Psi Zeta. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. ^ From the national website, Expansion Requirements, accessed 22 May 2021.