How We Came Together

by Florence Kwo, TD09

My interest in Greek life first stemmed from my roommate, Mena, who devoted much of her time and energy our freshman year to joining an African-American sorority. Through my interactions with her and seeing first-hand her unfaltering commitment to her sorority, I also fostered a desire to participate in a sisterhood. After looking around, however, I found none at Yale that fit my personality and focused on my interests as an Asian American. I wanted to join an organization that cultivated personal growth and cultural awareness as well as providing opportunities for leadership and career development. But most importantly, I wanted to join a community that made me feel at home.

After realizing this, I decided to take action and start a chapter of a sorority. What better way to find the most suitable sisterhood at Yale, than to form one with a few friends? After asking some close friends, as well as acquaintances from discussion sections, one thing led to another, and soon enough, I had organized a group of girls intrigued with the idea of starting a new sorority on campus– whether they wanted a group of friends that would last after graduation, to develop their leadership skills, or were just curious about the idea of forming a new type of organization.

We decided to call ourselves Sisters Taking Action Through Relief and Service, or S.T.A.R.S., and focused on chartering an Asian-interest group called Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. Regardless of our reasons for initially joining, we all arrived on the same conclusion along the way– that we were doing something wonderful and unique, and that Sigma Psi Zeta would be here to stay.

Eventually, after a year-long application process that brought us in touch with countless sisters, drove us up and down the East Coast, and took us through great highs (and some lows, too– it wasn’t easy getting 8 girls on the same agenda!), we strengthened our commitment to establishing this organization. On April 8, 2007 we officially became the Alpha Alpha Charter of Sigma Psi Zeta at Yale University.

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