It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the national website of our Sisterhood, Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated. In 1991, our Sisterhood was founded as a call to action to unite women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and values, to come together in the spirit of Education, Success, Culture, Service, and Sisterhood. At twenty-two years as an organization, we find that in 2013, the implications of our Sisterhood are still controversial across the country—women uniting from different backgrounds, challenging the current status quo, and pushing other women and communities to seek more, do more, and be more.
Zeta Sigma Chi is a Sisterhood which truly lives by and embodies our principles. What attracted me to the Radiant Ladies of Zeta Sigma Chi nearly ten years ago is what I still see in Z-Chi women today who came after me. At nearly 1,000 members, we see Z-Chi women serving as leaders in various professional realms nationally and internationally. Women of our Sisterhood are not only challenging societal prescriptions around race relations and interactions, yet we are challenging the societal norm of what it means to be a woman. As Z-Chi women, we “Keep the Dream Alive” and aim to push society to be more aware, inclusive, accepting, and embodying of equality- and justice-based morals.
I salute my Sorors nationally and internationally and welcome visitors who seek to learn more about our Sisterhood,
National Board President
How do you become a member of Zeta Sigma Chi? The easiest way to get an answer to that question is to ASK A MEMBER! They are easy to find, either while walking about on campus with their letters on, or at the many events they plan on campus each semester. Each sister is ready and willing to discuss our sisterhood with interested ladies, and can give you further information about their RUSH schedules. Also, make sure you go to the individual chapter websites and facebook pages to learn more about their individual event schedules!
Is Zeta Sigma Chi right for me?
If you are an undergraduate woman who…
* Wants to promote multiculturalism and diversity on your campus
* Is dedicated to success in education
* Has at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA
* Gives back to your community
* Participates in student organizations
* Is interested in a sorority that accepts ALL women no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, or background . . .
Then ZSC is what you have been looking for!!!
Zeta Sigma Chi is one of the oldest multicultural sororities in the nation… so what does this mean to you?
•Zeta Sigma Chi is a national organization with a 22 year track record of organizational excellence.
•In addition to undergraduates, our membership consists of many experienced alumnae who are established in their careers. These members have helped undergraduate members with internships, career advancement, job placement and a variety of other career development areas.
•Zeta Sigma Chi values QUALITY over QUANTITY.
•Zeta Sigma Chi has the empowering principles of Education, Success, Culture, Service, and Sisterhood.
•These ideas promote a strong sense of dedication in our members.
•Members truly strive to promote these ideals within their own lives, at their universities, and in their communities.
•These ideas provide a strong foundation to members once they begin their careers in the global workforce.
•Zeta Sigma Chi provides solid, strong support to each of its entities at the Interest Group, Colony, Associate Chapter, Chapter and Alumnae Association levels.
•Frequent and specialized national programming allows members to receive the utmost quality updates about new happenings and requirements within the organization.
•Z-Chi chapters share a very strong sense of inter-chapter support.
•Distance is rarely an issue. Sisters travel from coast to coast to support each other’s chapters. In fact, they value being able to see the country thru sisterhood!
•Zeta Sigma Chi’s Alumnae Association provides alumnae the opportunity to continue their involvement with the sorority through:
Updates about sorority happenings all over the country
Thank you for your interest in Zeta Sigma Chi! We are always interested in sharing our Radiant multicultural sisterhood with interested ladies at other colleges and universities.
•Share in the ideal of promoting multiculturalism/diversity on your campus
•Hold a high dedication to success in education
•Believe in giving back to the community that surrounds you
•Would like to be involved in a sorority that accepts ALL women no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, or background you are
•Hold a 2.5 GPA or above
•Have successfully completed at least 12 credits at a college or university
•Are looking for a sisterhood that believes in all of the above…
…then Zeta Sigma Chi may be the sisterhood you are looking for! If you are interested in starting a chapter of our Radiant sorority on your campus please fill out our contact form, and our National Director of Expansion will contact you with information on how to start Z-Chi at your university.
How long is the process of establishing a chapter?
There is no set amount of time the process takes, as it is highly dependent on the women who are attempting the task. Starting an Associate Chapter is a challenging and rewarding experience. You are bringing an organization like no other to your university, and that is priceless.
What fees are involved?
As with any other Greek organization, there are certain fees that are required during the process. Fundraising for these fees is highly recommended. ZSC works with groups to create flexible payment plans. All fees submitted during the process are given back to the members in a number of ways. We do acknowledge and support varying socioeconomic situations and are willing to work with interested ladies to ensure you can pursue establishing a chapter under the right circumstances.
Do I have to travel?
ZSC is a national organization with chapters all across the country. Traveling is essential in ensuring that you create bonds and relationships with sisters.
Can I use symbols of Zeta Sigma Chi?
No. The use of Zeta Sigma Chi letters, colors, symbols and nicknames prior to initiation into the organization is frowned upon. Members have worked hard to earn this privilege. Please respect their efforts.
What is the next step?
The next step you can take is starting an official interest group. An interest group is a group of women who share the goal of establishing the sorority on their campus. A minimum of ten women is needed to establish an official interest group, but it is highly recommended that more than ten women join. To pursue starting an official interest group, please complete our Contact Form.
What is a Sorority?
A sorority is a women’s student organization that is formed chiefly for service and/or social purposes. A sorority provides academic enhancement, friendship, development of leadership skills and the opportunity to serve the community. As a national organization, a sorority generates personal and professional growth through networking and participating in other activites well beyond your college years.
A Sorority Is…
•A life-long support system that provides career opportunities and networking opportunities during and well beyond your college years
•A national organization that values philanthropy and community service
•A Group where women learn to be leaders
•A Family where you will meet amazing friends who will always be there for you when you need them
•A fun and exciting group that enjoys a wide variety of social events
A Sorority Is NOT…
•A group that values your looks and wardrobe above all else
•A group of rich, spoiled and snobby girls that look the same and are only out to have a good time
•People that will haze you and make you do things against your will
•A place that is only interested in your money where you buy new friends
What is an Active Member?
A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level.
What is an Alumni/Alumnae?
Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college.
How do you know which is right for you? Why do you want to belong to a Sorority?
This is a very important question that needs to be taken seriously and should be well thought out. Is there any one right answer? Absolutely not!
RESEARCH!!! Being a part of a sorority is a life-time commitment and you need to know what you are getting into. Get on your campus’s website and research the local chapters. What types of community service do they do? What other campus organizations do they belong to? Get on the inter/national organizations’ websites. What are their missions? What types of leadership development do they offer?
How do you meet the members of the sorority you wish to belong to?
Nothing works better than to get out and about on the campus. Our members are extremely active all over campus! They are members of other organizations from RA’s, to student government, from culture specific groups to honors organizations. So if you see us on campus say hello! Also, come to our events and activities. If you only come to RUSH week, you have not given us the chance to get to know you. And when you speak with us, be yourself and ask questions! This helps the conversation and is a sign of your interest.
What is the sorority looking for in a member?
Well the answer to this could be a number of things, but for the most part someone who is going to be dedicated, focused and well rounded. If you are not, then at least be willing to be the best person you can be. It is often said that once you join a sorority you are buying friends, but the truth is you are building a bond of life long friendships and experiences that will be with you forever, in most cases. We all were founded by strong, focused women. Imagine being involved in something that may be as old as your grandmother or even your great-grandmother. The bottom line is just like in life, Greek life is what YOU make of it. One thing we do stress is, please keep your reputation intact. A horrible reputation can follow you forever!! Remember once you are a member of any organization you represent all of its members and in turn, they represent you.
Is rush a selective process?
Yes. Interested women will take part in a rush period through which Zeta Sigma Chi members will assess each individual’s qualifications.
What fees are involved?
As with any other Greek organization, there are certain fees that are required during the process. Fundraising for these fees is highly recommended. ZSC works with groups to create flexible payment plans. All fees submitted during the process are given back to the members in a number of ways.
What I don’t have the grades to become a member?
Well that’s easy, WORK ON THEM!! Your education is first and foremost…. Not just to become a member of a sorority, but for yourself. That is why you are in college in the first place!
“I want to be popular!”
If this what you want, you are DEFINITELY not ready to become Greek. Being a member of a sorority is not just about the wearing letter and representing. It is about uplifting yourself, your sisters and the community at large.
There is a stereotype that women who are in sororities are just paying to have friends.
Women who are in sororities do make new friends but they have other friends as well. There are so many ways to make new friends in college that there is no way that sorority women just have friends in their own sorority. Be mature in your decision making. Be realistic about which women you feel most comfortable with, and do not be swayed by others’ opinions.
Can I rush if I am a senior?
Membership to Zeta Sigma Chi extends far beyond the college years. Seniors who are selected to establish a chapter are expected to commit one year to their own chapter or regional expansion and development. Seniors should also be advised that the process of establishing a chapter could proceed beyond their graduation date.
Zeta Sigma Chi is a non-hazing organization that believes in treating members and prospective members with respect and dignity. Take a look at our anti-hazing policy to learn more about Zeta Sigma Chi’s stance against hazing. Zeta Sigma Chi Anti Hazing Policy
1. All acts of hazing or harassment, both physical and mental, shall be expressly prohibited.
2. A woman will not be subject to any act of hazing or harassment in connection with or during her initiation into membership in the Sorority.
3. The Sorority does not consent to, condone, acquiesce in or tolerate any act of hazing, harassment or humiliation in the Membership Intake Program’ nor will the Sorority be responsible or liable for any damages, claims or actions based upon the conduct of any individuals, groups or associations purporting to perform any acts in the name of the Sorority or purported to be in any way connected with initiation into membership in the Sorority. All of our membership, both active and associate members are required to affirm in writing that they understand, abide by, and ensure that members of our respective chapters abide by the above policy. For any violation, the Zeta Sigma Chi National Board, as well as the chapter’s educational institution, after appropriate investigation and process, may impose sanctions up to and including suspension or non-recognition of members and/or the chapter as a whole.
So your daughter, sister or friend is looking into becoming a member of Zeta Sigma Chi… and you have questions! Fear not, and take a look at the valuable info below:
Q: Is membership expensive?
A: There is a cost of membership to be in a sorority, as there is with most clubs and organizations that people join. However, it is not prohibitive. In fact, most girls are able to fundraise most or all of their dues. Additionally, our members receive numerous benefits (including academic support, scholarship opportunities, leadership development, community service activities and more) that vastly outweigh the costs.
Q: Will my daughter’s membership in ZSC effect our family?
A: Membership in ZSC is an experience not only for your daughter, but also for those around her. As her family and friends, you will get the chance to see your loved one grow and develop through her ZSC experiences, as well as be invited to participate in some sorority fun yourself!
Q: All I see on TV about sororities is drinking and partying – I don’t want my daughter involved in that!
A: Television and movies typically don’t depict the real experiences that sorority women have while in college. When Hollywood portrays sorority women as ditzy, judgmental characters who are only about partying and shopping, it is only showing a negative stereotype. Members of Greek life have been shown time and time again to be some of the most productive members of society!
Q: Will my daughter be hazed?
A: Zeta Sigma Chi is a non-hazing organization, and each chapter takes the issue of hazing very seriously. Our organization is designed to help members feel comfortable and grow throughout their lives. New-member education programs are in place to provide information on sorority life, history and traditions. Hazing has no part in this educational process and both members and associate members both sign documents agreeing not to haze or be hazed.
National Greek Life Statistics
• Over 800 campuses in the United States and Canada participate in Greek Life
• There are over 9 million Greek members nationally
• In the past five years, more than 100 colleges and universities have opened their doors for the first time to fraternities.
• 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity.
• Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity men.
• 85% of the Fortune 500 executives belong to a fraternity.
• 40 of 47 U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 were fraternity men.
• 76% of all Congressmen and Senators belong to a fraternity.
• Every U.S. President except eight born since the first social fraternity was founded in 1825 have been members of a fraternity.
• 63% of the U.S. President’s Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
• A U.S. Government study shows that over 70% of all those who join a fraternity/sorority graduate, while under 50% of all non-fraternity/sorority persons graduate.
• Less than 2% of an average college student’s expenses go toward fraternity dues. (U.S. Office of Education)
• Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are involved in the Greek community.
• Largest and Most Visible Values-Based Organizations on Campus
• Most Successful Leadership Development Program for College Students
• Largest Network of Volunteers in the US
• 10 Million hours of volunteer service annually
• A National Conference report shows a high percentage of the 4,000 NIC fraternity chapters are above the All-Men’s scholastic average on their respective campuses.
• The first Female Senator was Greek
• The first Female Astronaut was Greek
• All of the Apollo 11 Astronauts are Greek
• Over $7 million is raised each year by Greeks nationally
• 850,000 hours are volunteered by greeks annually
• The Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer service each year
• 71% of those listed in “Who’s Who in America” belong to a fraternity
• There are 123 fraternities and sororities with 9 million members total
• There are 750,000 undergraduate members in 12,000 chapters on more than 800 campuses in the USA and Canada
Notable Members of Sororities:
• Maya Angelou, Poet and author
• Rosa Parks, Civil Rights impact
• Alma Gates Scroggins, Executive VP and CFO of CNN
• Atoosa Rubenstein, Editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine
• Coretta Scott King, Wife of Martin Luther King Jr.
• Jada Pinkett Smith, Actress
• Angie Brooks, 2nd women elected president of the UN’s General Assembly
• Toni Morrison, author and Nobel Prize Recipient
• Pat Mitchell, president of CBS
• Joyce Carol Oates, illustrious American Author
• Melinda Schwegmann, first female Lt. Governor of Louisiana
• Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
• Barbara Levy Boxer, U.S. Senator (D-CA)
• Ashley Judd, actress
• Sheryl Crow, singer
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress
• Shirley Christian, Pulitzer Prize winner
• Amy Grant, singer
• Margaret A. Brewer, Brigadier General, Marine Corps
• Jocelyn Burdick, U.S. Senator (D-ND)
• Carrie Underwood, Grammy award-winning singer
• Lucy Liu, actress
• Jennifer Garner, actress
• Carrie Chapman Catt, suffragist & founder of the National League of Women Voters
• Mary Gladwin, Red Cross nurse who served in three wars from 1898 to 1919, decorated by the United States, Russian, Japanese and Serbian governments
• Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor of Louisiana; first woman governor of Louisiana
• Eva Bertrand Adams, Director of the first U.S. Mint
• Carrie Chapman Catt, Suffragist & Founder of the National League of Women Voters
• Martha Layne Collins, Governor of Kentucky; first and only woman governor to date in Kentucky
• Dr. Linda Hawes Cleaver, first woman governor
• Carol Laise Bunker, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal 1966-1973; first woman Director General, Foreign Service
• Paula Garrison, founder, National Sleepwear
• Donna Wolfe, president, Jockey Inc.
• Susan Kinder, president, American Express, Travelers’ Cheques
• June Kummer, co-owner, Adam’s Mark Hotels
• Alice Sheets Marriott, co-founder, Marriott Corp.
• Jennifer Biddulph Maxwell, co-creator, the Power Bar
• Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx
• Betsy Holden, CEO, Kraft Foods
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