On October 9, 2009, the Asian Sorority Interest Group was established to fill a void in the University of Minnesota’s Greek Community. Determined to bring the first Asian Sorority to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Angeline Heng, Elizabeth Kong, Choua Lee, Pang Zong Nancy Moua, Stacy Nou Moua, Sheng Thao, Nikita Nachao Vang, Kaonue Xiong, Mai Te Xiong and May Yang were inducted as the Charter “Classics” Class of Alpha Phi Gamma on June 15, 2014. In doing so, these Sisters established the first Asian Sorority at the University of Minnesota as well as the state of Minnesota. These Sisters acknowledge the importance of academic excellence, Asian awareness, community involvement, personal development and the potential for every woman to become a leader. The experiences and traditions that are formed shall become the cornerstone, truth, and strength for any woman seeking the lifelong Sisterhood of Alpha Phi Gamma.
Mission & Vision
Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. (SYZ) is a progressive multicultural Greek organization that provides a means to success and support for women, particularly women of color. The sorority builds on the unity of strong and independent leaders to affect change in our organization, our members, our universities, and local communities.
Our Vision is to provide an international organization uniting strong and independent women to build a network of pioneers and innovators to serve as catalysts for change.
Our Mission is to serve as a community of leaders, offering opportunities for women to exercise and develop professional and interpersonal skills in service of the national philanthropy and cultural awareness and education.
Our goals are:
1) To end violence against women, particularly women of color
2) To educate about and advocate for the many cultures and heritages represented by our membership
3) to develop leaders and provide tools for success in personal, academic, and professional settings
4) To lead and serve for the benefit of the organization and the community.
Our Ten Rays of Sisterhood
As our sisterhood grows and evolves, Sigma Psi Zeta National develops initiatives that will encourage our sisters to achieve. while still remaining connected to the history and vision of the sorority. With this in mind, the Ten Rays of Sisterhood link the natural progression of the organization to the spirit with which the sorority was first envisioned in the Fall of 1993.
Our ten rays are Integrity, Legacy, Scholarship, Philanthropy, Professionalism, Community, Sisterhood, Culture, Citizenship, and Activism. If you'd like to go more in-depth on our ten rays, go to our website and learn more!