In the Fall of 1996, nine young women from Cal, unable to find what they
were looking for in the existing organizations on campus, took it upon
themselves to establish one of their own. They sought an organization of
diversity, leadership, and lasting friendships. Eventually these nine young
women became the Charter Class of Sigma Phi Omega at UC Berkeley.
They traveled up and down the California coast that Fall, learning the
traditions of the sorority from Sigma Phi Omega's chapters at USC and San
Diego State. At the same time, they began meeting and introducing themselves
to the other Greek organizations both on and off of the Cal campus, gaining
respect for their growing sisterhood and garnering support for themselves.
After successfully completing their new member period the following semester,
these nine young women chartered the Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega at UC
Berkeley on April 5, 1997. In the years that followed, the women of Alpha,
Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, and Omicron class
were also crossed into the sisterhood, working to keep Sigma traditions alive
while proving their love and commitment to the organization.
Sigma Phi Omega actively seeks motivated, goal-oriented, good-hearted young
women to take part in our traditions. We encourage those interested in
pursuing our sisterhood to come to our annual Rush during the first few
weeks of every Fall semester.