Over 20 years ago, our eight “Mommy Chis” created an organization for women of EVERY background to come together as one. At the time, it wasn’t a popular concept, but they could see a need for an organization built to unite instead of divide. They believed that learning from each other — different cultures, different families, different backgrounds — would teach us that we are more alike than different and open us up to a new way of thinking.
Sisterhood without borders… Culturally relevant
They couldn’t have been more right. Today, membership in Zeta Sigma Chi doesn’t just give you a sisterhood and a lifelong bond with women across the country… It opens doors to the world.
Have you ever been to a Quinceanera? Celebrated Yom Kippur? Learned traditional Native American basket-weaving or Chinese folk dance? Participated in an African drum circle, or attended a Kwanzaa celebration, festival of Diwali or a shrine on Setsubun? Expand your world!
There are no cookie cutters here.
79 Ethnicities, 34 Nationalities, 12 Religions, One SISTERHOOD growing more diverse every day. At every chapter of ZSC, sisters embrace their differences and learn from women with radically different backgrounds from their own. Our sisterhood crosses the lines of race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and beyond — we don’t discriminate, we EMBRACE. That’s one of the reasons you’ll find our chapters at the forefront of social justice issues in their communities.
Sisterhood for life. Don’t just live. Thrive.
The experiences we have as members follow us long after graduation, giving members a unique insight and cultural awareness that broadens our horizons, expands our worldview, and benefits us for the rest of our lives – personally and professionally.
In 1990, eight women came together at Northern Illinois University to form a bond like no other. Zeta Sigma Chi’s founders – known today as “Mommy Chis” — sought to build a successful sisterhood that would unify women of different cultures, ethnicities, religions and backgrounds while helping members to achieve success through higher education. By bringing together strong women in sisterhood, our Founders also worked to educate the community at large about the ideals of multiculturalism while building friendships that would last a lifetime. On March 3, 1991, Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. was founded by 8 Radiant Ladies: Maribel Campa
Julie Sanders Today, Zeta Sigma Chi continues the proud legacy that was initiated by our illustrious founders. Our organization is rapidly expanding nationwide, and our sisterhood is strengthened by a growing number of members who seek to build a TRUE sisterhood with open-minded women who are diverse in immeasurable ways. We continue to educate our communities through programs and events that celebrate diverse backgrounds and ideas. We strive at all times to uplift our world at large by participating in social justice issues that affect the lives of people around the globe. As our world grows more diverse, so will Zeta Sigma Chi. We invite ALL women to seek membership with our organization, as we shall seek ALL women to maintain the dream of our founders: The dream of spreading multiculturalism and sisterhood around the world.
Zeta Sigma Chi participates in philanthropic activities on a local and national basis. Our chapters consistently provide time to and donations for charities in their respective communities. Additionally, Zeta Sigma Chi supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) on a national basis.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities
The idea behind Ronald McDonald House is simple: provide a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
Some children need to travel great distances to get the medical attention they need. In-hospital treatment may last one day, one year, or even longer. For the families of these children, accommodations can be hard to come by; options are often limited to costly hotels or unforgiving hospital chairs and benches.
The Ronald McDonald house provides a comfortable, supportive alternative for these families. It serves as a temporary residence near the medical facility where family members can sleep, eat, relax and find support from other families in similar situations. In return families are asked to make donations ranging from $5 to $20 per day; if that isn’t possible, their stay is free.
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
The founders of NAME envisioned an organization that would bring together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines, and from diverse educational institutions and occupations. NAME today is an active, growing organization, with members from throughout the United States and several other countries. Educators from pre-school through higher education and representatives from businesses and communities comprise NAME’s membership. Members in 22 states have formed NAME chapters, and more chapters are currently being organized.
The achievement of NAME’s goals and objectives is supported by funds from membership, conference registration fees, and the volunteer work of members. As the organization’s membership increased, NAME was incorporated as a nonprofit organization, developed a publication on multicultural education, and established a national office. NAME continues to host national and international conferences and provides leadership in national and state dialogues on equity, diversity and multicultural education.
As Zeta Sigma Chi works to empower women and diverse communities, our sisterhood holds a commitment to social justice and activist causes near our chapters and around the world. You can find Zeta Sigma Chi members marching to have their university observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, attending Occupy Wall Street protests, helping to build schools for children in Botswana, working in various capacities for immigrants’ rights, and participating in a variety of other humanitarian efforts. We believe the collective voice of our sisters can be used as a powerful tool to help uplift and progress our society.