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The undergraduate campuses of Florida Memorial University and Florida International University represent the foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® and we are proud of the legacy that our undergraduate chapters and members sow into our organization. The collegiate experience within Delta Eta and Sigma Pi Chapters compliments the lifelong commitment to service and development through leadership opportunities, the powerful connection through sisterhood, and development of scholastic opportunities. We hope that you explore all that Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter provides to our collegiate members to enhance their undergraduate experience.
Hazing has been prohibited in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® since the organization was founded in 1908. In 1999, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority reaffirmed its total opposition to hazing with the publication of a tougher anti-hazing policy and the implementation of new procedures to identify, investigate and punish incident.
Hazing will not be tolerated in any form.
Click to read more and learn about these membersMrs. Mayme E. Williams, sixth Chapter President, was elected South Atlantic Regional Director, appointed director of the South Atlantic Region in 1959, and elected to the office of International First Vice President The Honorable Frederica S. Wilson, was the 22nd Chapter President, a former elementary school principal, local school board member, Florida State Representative, State Senator and currently a sitting United States Congresswoman, was elected the 11th South Atlantic Regional Director in 1986. She is the founder of the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Program, which boosts the self-image and social and academic skills and mentoring for in-school male students. Ms. Jessie C. Trice, president and CEO of the Economic Opportunity Family Health Center (EOFHC), was an outstanding health professional and advocate. Ms. Trice’s work was recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General and Governor Lawton Chiles. In her honor, the EOFHC was renamed the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, and a segment of Northwest 22nd Avenue, where the main center’s campus is erected, was named “Jessie Trice Boulevard”. Six former Chapter Presidents were selected as Cluster I Coordinators as follows: Ethel Grice, Alice Harrison, Jacquelyn Davis, Barbara Mason-Gardiner and Maria Jerkins. The list also included member Carolyn Young, who was a most astute, fiercely loyal and supportive Chapter member. Gamma Zeta Omega has propagated Alpha Kappa Alpha®’s legacy of scholarship, sisterhood and service by chartering two undergraduate chapters in Miami-Dade County: Iota Nu at the University of Miami and Sigma Pi at Florida International University. M. Athalie Range, a highly-accomplished businesswoman and civil rights activist, was inducted, February 8, 1975, as an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, becoming the first honorary member inducted in the state of Florida. Ebony magazine honored Regina Jollivette Frazier, as one of the100 most influential Black Americans, for the period 1987 - 1990. In addition, she served as the ninth national president of the Links, Incorporated. W.I.S.H. (Women Involved in Service to Humanity), incorporated June 2, 1988, is the Chapter’s 501c(3), (non-profit) foundation, that allows Gamma Zeta Omega to increase its charitable community endeavors. A Time Capsule was sealed December 2, 2000 and deposited at the Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, on April 28, 2001. It will be unsealed in 2025. For the period 2005 – 2007, Dr. Charlie Powell Albury served as the 40th Imperial Grand Commandress, the Imperial Court, Daughters Isis, Prince Hall Affiliated. In addition, on April 30, 2021, Dr. Powell-Albury was elected in Atlanta, GA, to a two year term as 4th International President (General Conference of Royal Grand Perfect Matron) of the Conference of Grand Courts of the Ladies of Perfection. This honor encompasses 15 states and 2 countries. Dr. Powell is the recipient of incalculable and very high honors for her affiliation with and dedication to this prestigious internationally based organization. Gamma Zeta Omega’s political forum – “Pumps, Pearls and Politics” – was renamed in 2019, “Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Pumps, Pearls and Politics,” in honor of the Congresswomen. This forum allows Gamma Zeta Omega members to present a public platform which allows ‘community partners and voices’ to address, to salient local, state-wide and national issues and concerns. Adora Obi Nweze (Johnnie Raye McMillian) is a legendary local community, state and national Human-Rights activist, with a noteworthy and extensive history of significant service achievements to her credit. She served for eleven years as President of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and two years as president of the Opa-Locka, (FL), NAACP Branch. Ms. Nweze subsequently was elected President of the Florida State Conference. Appointed, by former Florida Govenor Charlie Crist, she served as Special Advisor for Minority Affairs. In 2007 -2008 Ms. Nweze was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Advisory Committee, assisting in the development of a post (hurricane) Katrina Report. She was appointed NAACP Region V Coordinator, as well as Coordinator of the organization’s Disaster Relief Program. Nweze led the National 50th Anniversary Observance of Brown v Board of Education in 1905, as Chairwoman of that noteworthy event. Lawsuits, spearheaded by Nweze’s leadership, were filed by the state Conference to promote justice and equality in such areas as: One Florida Initiative, Voting Irregularities of 2000, and Voter Disenfranchisement, The Florida Department of Corrections, School Vouchers, Affirmative Action and many, many more.For more than four uninterrupted decades, the Ivy Rosettes mentoring program has served Miami-Dade County’s high school girls. The origin of the Ivy Rosettes, a special chapter program, arose out of the members’ interest in having a positive impact on the lives of young girls.A sought after speaker for forums, panels, workshops and more, she is an inspirer, a mentor and motivator. Her record of stellar achievements, of her impressive awards, commendations and recognitions are enormous and exceed current space allocations.
Any individual or chapter violation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Risk Management policy will result in suspension, expulsion or revocation of the chapter's charter. A fine may also be imposed.
In addition, hazing activities may result in official discipline by a college/university or the imposition of civil and criminal penalties for individuals and/or chapters.
Delta Eta Chapter
Florida Memorial University
Delta Eta Chapter was chartered on the campus of Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL (FMU) on February 16, 1954 by ten (10) illustrious women: Lois Baker, Deloris Pelham, Eula Gary, Christine Morris, Bettye Henderson, Doris Medlock, Lillian Haile, Lugenia Francis, Bernardina Gonzales and Vernice Russ.
Over the years Delta Eta donated over 41 backpacks which carried the Florida Memorial University logo to an inner-city school, Jose De Diego Middle School. The backpacks contained all essential items needed for a successful school year. The chapter organized Pink Friday Events which raised awareness about Breast Cancer to young ladies on the campus of Florida Memorial. Members of Delta Eta annual provide welcome survival kits to incoming freshmen and offered words of encouragement. Delta Eta collected and donated canned goods as part of a collaborative effort with the National Panhellenic Council for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Acts of Green were implemented and conducted every fourth Tuesday of the month during lunch. The purpose of this event was to ensure that the cafeteria remained clean during lunch by picking up debris, cleaning tables, and floors. Delta Eta Chapter recognizes the importance of voting and participates in Connection Activities on campus and in collaboration with Gamma Zeta Omega. Member Janee Butler was selected as a Leadership Fellow in 2018.
Delta Eta has contributed over 200 pairs of shoes to Sole for Souls, participated in HBCU events sponsored by Gamma Zeta Omega, and participated in Connection activities held on the campus of Florida Memorial.
Sigma Pi Chapter was chartered on December 19, 2004 at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The line, Genesis of the Pearl included members, LeeAnne Donaldson, Jurane Manuel, Pearlie Blaise, Jihan Drummond, Moyah Purkiss, Witnie Bresil, Carol Howard, Michelle Richards, Sharifa Crichton, Ameika Jackson, Rosemond Simplice, Tauheedah Stephens, Nadia Thomas and Wayneisha Williams.
Through the years, Sigma Pi has initiated the following signature programs: AKAlicious Treats Fall Icebreaker; AKAdemics Study session; Skee-Week, which highlighted the Mr. Ivy Leaf Scholarship Pageant; Pink Path to a Cure, held in October to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer; How the AKA’s Stole Christmas in December, collecting toys for underprivileged children; Every Kiss begins with ”K” Spring Icebreaker (Valentine’s Day event) and the Pink Tea Social-fundraiser for the target, Global Impact. Sigma Pi also participates annually with the FIU MLK Dinner hosted by the Black Student Union Council. The MLK Dinner is the only one of the month-long events planned for and by the FIU students. Other programs that the chapter participated in included the Annual 24 Hour Relay for Life Cancer fundraiser; the City of Miami Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade; Pie an AKA fundraiser for the Organization targets; Acknowledging Her toiletry drive for the women at the Lotus House(women who are victims of Domestic Abuse); the Annual Founders Day Event, (this event will now be titled Prettiest on the Block a collaboration with Sigma Chi, Sigma Iota and Delta Eta chapters) and Founders Day Church Service with Gamma Zeta Omega.
In addition, collaborations with other Greek Letter organizations and agencies which included Kicking out Breast Cancer with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, AOL Leadership Retreat with the FIU Center for Leadership and Service, The Lupus Walk with Miami Lupus Foundation; South Dade Christmas Toy Giveaway, 100 underprivileged children are taken to the local Walmart to shop for Christmas; the FIU Week of Welcome events with the FIU Office of Campus; The FIU Holiday Celebration for Children, 100 underprivileged children are brought to campus for a program and are given gifts and computer (members of the chapter serve as Elves) and The HBCU Experience with the SBC Development Corporation.
Two Sigma Pi members, Bianca Morrison and Tierney Suggs were selected Leadership Fellows in 2012. member Ruth Israel graduated with honors as Summa Cum Laude in the Spring 2020 and was inducted into the FIU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, Psi Chi Honors Society, and Taos Sigma Honor Society. She earned the Global Learning Medallion, Excellence in Civic Engagement Medallion of Distinction, and the Leadership Medallion. In Fall 2019, member Donette Fuller served as President of the FIU National Panhellenic Council (NPHC). At the end of Summer 2021, Member Amani Malvin Taylor, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In support of the Excellence Target Programs, Sigma Pi has participated in the International Day of Prayer; Caregivers Impact Day, #CAPS-ACT and SAT encouragement program(participated in the planning, due to COVID19 program was cancelled); HBCU Impact day; International Skee Week; Pillowcase dressmaking drive; Soles for Souls shoe drive; The HBCU Experience panel discussion with the SBC Development Corporation; Pink Goes Red Day–disseminating information and playing games with FIU faculty and staff in the Graham Center(Student center) and Pretty Nights in Harlem with the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (highlighting the arts through music and spoken word).The chapter has had on-going collection of shoes for the Soles for Souls.(currently have collected at least 100 pairs)
Sigma Pi Chapter
Florida International University
Our lifelong commitment to sisterhood, service, and scholarship is exemplified in new, continued, or rededicated membership on the alumnae (graduate) level. Beyond the collegiate experience, alumnae engagement offers continued opportunities to grow personally and professional, build relationships, and serve the community. Our everlasting bond extends beyond sisterhood to a network of professional women dedicated to supporting one another around the world.