In 1999, we adopted our National Philanthropy, to ‘Combat Violence against Women,’ which includes, but is not by any means limited to the following; rape, incest, stalking, harassment, exploitation, child abuse, spousal abuse, domestic assault, sexual assault, the trafficking of women and children, abuse of migrant workers, and even intimidation at work. As the first Asian-Interest sorority to take on this very worthwhile cause, we hope to bring awareness of this issue to our universities and communities at large. For over a decade, Sigma Psi Zeta has built a campaign to help those afflicted by this tragic violence, to educate the community about the nature of this problem, and to empower our sisters to make a lasting commitment to the issue of violence against women.
To accomplish this, we:
Some of the things we’ve done on our campus:
Because of these events and workshops we have held throughout the semester and our passion for our cause, our chapter was previously awarded the Best Philanthropy Award from our Nationals as well as the Greek Council at UMass Amherst.
On top of ‘Combating Violence against Women’, our chapter has adopted the American Cancer Society as a part of our philanthropy in remembrance of our sister Jenn “FrÏs” Chow who passed away several summers ago due to liver cancer. In honor of her, for the past two years we’ve participated in the Five College Annual Relay for Life. In the past, we earned the title ‘Top Fundraiser’ for raising more than $5,000 in her name.
The Sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority stand united behind our philanthropy, on both an organizational and individual level.