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Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi Beta
Founded January 16, 1920 (1920-01-16)
Howard University
Washington, D.C., USA
Type Social
Emphasis Service
Scope International
Mission statement To foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority's national program for which its members and auxiliary groups provide voluntary service to staff, community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.
Motto A community-conscious, action-oriented organization
Colors Royal Blue and White
Symbol Dove
Flower White Rose
Publication The Archon
Chapters 850[1]
Founding Principles Scholarship, Sisterhood (originally Sisterly Love), Service, Finer Womanhood
Headquarters 1734 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., USA

Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ) is an international, historically black

  •—Official web site
  •—Zeta Phi Beta Educational Foundation Official web site

External links

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  4. ^ a b "Expansion Patterns". Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  5. ^ "About the National Pan-Hellenic Council". Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Partnerships & Affiliations". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Harrison, Lullelia W. "Lovers' Stroll – A Legacy Begins". Torchbearers of a Legacy: A History of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 1920 – 1997. p. 2. 
  8. ^ a b Parks, Gregory S.; Julianne Malveaux; Marc Morial (2008). Black Greek-letter Organizations in the Twenty-first Century. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 107–113.  
  9. ^ a b "Incorporators". Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
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  11. ^ "United Nations NGO Status". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  12. ^ "85th Anniversary - Dignitaries and Members Pay Tribute to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc." (pdf). Gail Cureton, Director Marketing Communications/PR - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 
  13. ^ a b c "Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Expels Whistleblower, Refuses to Cooperate with Federal Investigation". 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  14. ^ "STARK v. ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC.". Federal District Court Filings & Dockets. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  15. ^ STARK v. ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC., 2007cv00553 (District of Columbia District Court).
  16. ^ "Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Elects Entertainer Sheryl Underwood 23rd International President". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2008-07-07. 
  17. ^ Alexander, Keith L. (2008-08-16). "Comedian Fights to Retain Presidency of Sorority". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  18. ^ "Judge rules in favor of comedian in sorority". San Jose Mercury News. The Associated Press. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  19. ^ "SINCLAIR v. ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC.". Federal District Court Filings & Dockets. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  20. ^ Hooker, Mike (2009-08-29). "Sorority At CSU Expelled For Hazing Allegations". Colorado & Denver News. CBS Television Stations Inc. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  21. ^ Grooms, Vicki (2010-08-12). "Coastal Carolina University suspends sorority". The Sun News. 
  22. ^ a b c "Youth Affiliates". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  23. ^ a b "30th Foundation Anniversary Journal" (PDF). The National Educational Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  24. ^ a b "National Educational Foundation". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  25. ^ "Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated National Educational Foundation African-American Genetics Education Project" (pdf). The National Educational Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  26. ^ a b "Zeta Phi Beta and March of Dimes team up for babies" (doc). Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2004-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  27. ^ a b "Moore to Continue Leading Zeta Phi Beta" (pdf). Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  28. ^ "Z-HOPE - Zetas Helping Other People Excel". Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
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See also

Zeta Phi Beta officially banned all forms of hazing in 1990.[34]

In 2014, the chapter at the University of Memphis was suspended for three years for hazing pledges. One known pledge was forced to seek medical attention because of abuse by women in the sorority.[33]

In 2012, a student at the University of California at Berkeley sued the sorority. In her lawsuit, she stated that she initially was informed that Zeta Phi Beta was an anti-hazing sorority but when she finally decided to pursue membership she endured beatings, harassment, and suffered emotionally as a pledge because of Zeta women.[32]

In 2011, seven members of the sorority were arrested for beating and severely bruising pledges at the University of Maryland.[31]

In 2009, the sorority was permanently banned from the campus of Colorado State University after the school's leadership received a police report that stated pledges were forced to eat cat food and perform strenuous activities which led one pledge to seek medical attention.[30]

1n 1999, members of the sorority were temporarily banned from the campus of the University of South Florida due to hazing and beating pledges.[29]

Hazing culture

  • Members aspiring to be national elected officers
  • Members interested in being appointed regional and/or state directors
  • Local chapter officers—undergraduate and graduate
  • Elected regional and state officers
  • Advisors to undergraduate chapters
  • Sponsors and coordinators of Zeta Amicae Auxiliaries
  • Advisors to Youth Affiliates
  • Members aspiring to be leaders.

The target audiences for ZOL includes, but are not limited to:

The Zeta Organizational Leadership Program is a leadership training certification program developed by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. The overarching goal of the ZOL program is to provide members of Zeta Phi Beta with the essential leadership knowledge and skills.

Zeta Organizational Leadership Program (ZOL)

To date, more than 750,000 individuals have participated in Z-HOPE related activities and programs.[27]

  • To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format
  • To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals
  • To promote the opportunities for expansion in Stork's Nest programs
  • To facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization
  • To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered, and
  • To provide a standard reporting format to concentrate efforts and demonstrate the organization's impact[28]

Z-HOPE has six objectives. They are:

Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) is an international service initiative, introduced by the sorority's 22nd International Grand Basileus Barbara C. Moore.


Since 1971, Zeta Phi Beta has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality.[26] Known as the Stork's Nest Program, this collaboration encourages participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy through two components - incentives and education. Targeted to low-income pregnant women, the Stork's Nest clients "earn" points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety activities such as attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, or keeping appointments for well-baby visits.[26] Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta sponsors over 175 Stork's Nests. In 1997, during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of collaboration with the March of Dimes, the program was updated to include a new national logo, new educational materials, and new incentive items for those mothers participating in the program. As of 2005, the Stork's Nest Program has served over 28,000 women.

Stork's Nest

The Foundation partnered with New Orleans, Louisiana, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Chicago, Illinois.[25]

The National Educational Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is a 501(c)3 trust organization created in 1975 and operated by Zeta Phi Beta to oversee the sorority's charitable and educational activities.[23][24] The trust awards scholarship grants, conducts community educational programs and activities, and engages in Foundation scholarship related research.[24]

National Educational Foundation

Signature programs

The Zeta Male Network is the title given to the support organization that includes males in the lives of members of Zeta Phi Beta.[3]

Zeta Male Network

The Pearlettes are composed of young girls age 4 to 8.[3] Pearlettes are mentored by members of Zeta Phi Beta.[22]


The Amicettes are composed of girls age 9 to 13.[3] Each Amicettes group is affiliated with a local chapter of Zeta Phi Beta.[22]


The Archonettes are composed of young high school-aged ladies (age 14 to 18).[3] Each Archonette group is affiliated with a local graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta.[22]


The Amicae group is composed of women who have not obtained a college degree, but wish to assist Zeta Phi Beta members in local activities. Currently there are over 175 Amicae groups in the U.S. The first Amicae group was organized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947 by the Beta Psi Zeta chapter.[3]


Official auxiliary organizations

On August 12, 2010, Coastal Carolina University, located near Myrtle Beach, SC, suspended its chapter of Zeta Phi Beta sorority for five years after being found in violation of the university's hazing policy, according to a release from CCU. According to information gathered through an investigation by the CCU's Office of Student Conduct, the sorority violated the policy regarding new member processes, the release said. The terms of the suspension encompass all activities, including new member processes, meetings, community service and social events. After the suspension has expired, Zeta Phi Beta may petition CCU to recognize the sorority for the fall 2015 semester.[21]

In August 2009, the sorority chapter at Colorado State University was expelled from the campus after allegations of hazing surfaced.[20]

On July 3, 2008, Lorrie Sinclair filed a Diversity-Breach of Contract suit in the District of Columbia District Court against Zeta Phi Beta demanding $76,000.[19]

Entertainer Sheryl Underwood was elected as the 23rd International Grand Basileus (President), during the sorority's biennial business meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2008. Her election as Grand Basileus was disputed, but District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Gerald I. Fisher dismissed a lawsuit against the sorority and Underwood, that asked the court to unseat Underwood.[16][17][18]

[15] Stark's claims for breach of contract and negligence were dismissed at a September 11, 2008 status conference.[14] on March 20, 2007, Starks filed a lawsuit with the District of Columbia District Court requesting $1 million in damages.[13] During the investigation, sorority member and former National Executive Board member, Natasha Stark was expelled for "violating her duty of loyalty to the sorority, engaging in conduct injurious to the sorority or its purposes, and unsisterly conduct."[13] Following a February 5, 2006 news report by


In December 2010 the sorority officially partnered with Stevie Wonder to collect toys for his annual House Full of Benefit Concert. All of the sorority's 850 chapters signed on to collect toys for the program.[1]

In 2005, Zeta Phi Beta completed its $2 million renovation project of the international headquarters. The historic building has served as Zeta's home since its purchase in 1959. [12]

On January 25, 2001, Zeta Phi Beta was granted United Nations.[11]

Held annually, Zeta Day on the Hill provides an opportunity for Zetas to exercise another level of civic responsibility by learning the protocols for interacting with and the knowledge needed to maximize engagement with congressional representatives. As members of a "Community Conscious-Action Oriented" organization, Zetas schedule meetings with their representative or their representative's designee to discuss, during brief sessions, issues of interest to the local, state and national Zeta membership.[10]

Recent history

In 1959, Zeta Phi Beta purchased its current headquarters, located at 1734 New Hampshire Avenue NW on Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.[7]

In 1923, the first chapter of any black sorority to organize a collegiate chapter in Texas, Theta chapter, was established at Wiley College.[4]

Zeta Phi Beta was first incorporated on March 30, 1923 in Washington, D.C. by sorority members Myrtle Tyler, Gladys Warrington, Joanna Houston, Josephine Johnson and O. Goldia Smith.[9] The sorority was incorporated by the state of Illinois in 1939.[9]

Later that year, in December 1920, the sorority held the first boule (convention) with members of Phi Beta Sigma at Howard University.[8] The Archon, the sorority's official magazine was established shortly afterwards.[8] Later Boules were held in many locations across the United States.

Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta Sororities held a "Welcome to Campus" reception in the assembly room in Miner Hall, in honor of the new sorority.[7]

The newly established Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was given a formal introduction at Whitelaw Hotel by Phi Beta Sigma members Charles Robert Samuel Taylor and A. Langston Taylor. The two Sigma brothers had been a source of advice and encouragement during the establishment of the sorority and throughout its early days.[7]

Arizona Cleaver sought permission from the Howard University administration to establish a new campus sorority. That permission was granted, and on January 16, 1920 the first official meeting was held. The five coeds chose the name Zeta Phi Beta. Phi Beta was taken from Phi Beta Sigma to "seal and signify the relationship between the two organizations".[7]

In the spring of 1919, during a stroll on the campus of Howard University, Charles Robert Samuel Taylor, member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, shared with Arizona Cleaver his idea for a new sisterhood; a sister organization to his fraternity. Arizona presented this idea to Pearl Neal, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, and Fannie Pettie, and a new sisterhood was formed.[7]

The early beginnings of Zeta Phi Beta



  • History 1
    • The early beginnings of Zeta Phi Beta 1.1
    • Recent history 1.2
    • Controversies 1.3
  • Official auxiliary organizations 2
    • Amicae 2.1
    • Archonettes 2.2
    • Amicettes 2.3
    • Pearlettes 2.4
    • Zeta Male Network 2.5
  • Signature programs 3
    • National Educational Foundation 3.1
    • Stork's Nest 3.2
    • Z-H.O.P.E. 3.3
    • Zeta Organizational Leadership Program (ZOL) 3.4
  • Hazing culture 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Zeta Phi Beta is the only NPHC, American Diabetes Association, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, National Council of Negro Women, and the United Negro College Fund.[5][6]

. Haiti, and Barbados, Korea, Japan, Bahamas, Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands Today, there are also chapters in [3][2] In 1948, Zeta Phi Beta became the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in [3] Zeta Phi Beta is organized into 800+ chapters, in eight intercontinental regions including the USA, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.


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