Our Causes

NMBD

The National Bone Marrow Drive was established in 1987 to facilitate bone marrow transplants between unrelated people. While the NMDP registry has almost 3 million volunteers willing to donate bone marrow, only about 20 percent of the volunteer donors on the NMDP registry are from minority groups, while more than 40 percent of those awaiting transplants are minorities. Minority patients suffering from leukemia and other blood-related diseases face limited prospects of finding a donor with matching bone marrow tissue type because of the relatively low number of minorities such as Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians/Pacific Islanders represented in the National Marrow Donor Program registry.

Minorities, in general, are very poorly represented in the NMDP,” said Jaime Oblitas, manager of the NIH Marrow Donor Program, which participates in the NMDP. Knowing that recruiting minorities to be donors is an urgent aim for NMDP, SYZ Alpha Alpha Charter is committed to spreading awareness of blood diseases and bone marrow transplant procedures by registering the maximum amount of donors each semester, with an active focus on registering minority donors.

Learn more about the National Bone Marrow Drive at NBMD’s official website.

Where and when can you find the NBMD at Yale this semester? Visit our blog to see the latest updates.

DVAC

The National Philanthropy of Sigma Psi Zeta is to combat violence against women in its varied forms. This includes, but is not by any means, limited to the following: rape, incest, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, exploitation, the trafficking of women and children, the abuse of migrant workers, intimidation at work, child abuse, harassment, and spousal abuse. Violence against women takes a dismaying variety of forms, and constitutes a violation of basic human rights, affecting the lives of millions of women worldwide, cutting across cultural, racial, and socioeconomic barriers and impeding the right of women to participate fully in society.

Sigma Psi Zeta commits itself to domestic violence awareness in an effort to remake the image of the Asian female within the larger social sphere. Historically oppressed by tradition and objectified in the eyes of the contemporary media, Asian women are constantly portrayed as physically powerless, emotionally isolated, and mentally voiceless. We encourage and empower ourselves to educate others as undergraduates and alumnae of institutions of higher education.

The sisters of Sigma Psi Zeta stand united behind our philanthropy, on both an organizational and individual level.

To learn more about DV and other related issues, visit the website of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

DCRB

Sigma Psi Zeta Alpha Alpha Charter includes the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty among our causes. A global effort launched in 2004, the campaign’s main effort focuses on acting as a starting point for societal change and act as a catalyst for widening the definition and discussion of beauty. We at Sigma are committed to providing a community of sisterhood dedicated to bringing out each woman’s strength of character, and consider the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty to be an extension of our sorority’s mission. Our current initiatives include fundraising and holding workshops for the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, aimed at helping girls around the world build positive self-esteem and a healthy body image.

Learn more about the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty at Dove’s official website.

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