OPB Herstory

Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on March 15, 1989 at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Seventeen dedicated women of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds came together to create an outlet for women to initiate change. The foundation was built to fight against the injustices historically suffered by our gender. As the first Latina-oriented organization in the history of the University at Albany, they struggled to establish our organization, our purpose and most importantly, a precedent.

In under a year, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated co-founded the Latino Greek Council at the University at Albany. This council served as a support system for those organizations that did not share the agenda or identified themselves with the already established councils at the University at Albany. The Latino Greek Council (LGC) has proven its sustenance as it has served as the framework and model for the Latino Greek Councils on a National level, ten years later.

With an emphasis on community service and sisterhood, Omega Phi Beta immediately became a positive influence within the community at the University at Albany, as well as in the city of Albany. Realizing the importance of expanding our service we initiated membership education process and established a second chapter, the Beta Chapter at SUNY New Paltz in the Spring of 1991.

What brought together our prominent seventeen founders and what attracted those initial pledge classes, still attracts so many women today. Although our orientation is Latina, we are open to women of all cultural backgrounds and the diversity of our membership and interestingly the diversity of our seventeen founders' attests to this fact. Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated thrives on the diversity of its members and we attribute a lot of our success to our organization's ability to embrace each members' differences.

As Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. moves towards the future we can look back with pride. Since 1989 we have managed to serve and educate a multitude of communities, donated over $10,000 to various AIDS charities, served thousands of hours and continued to excel in academic pursuits inclusive of recognition at various campuses as the sorority with the highest grade point average. Along our accomplishments within our communities we have managed to excel as a sisterhood by providing each other with unconditional support in professional and personal endeavors. Omega Phi Beta has been able to capture the true essence of sisterhood and we are eagerly open to extend our family to others.

Omega Phi Beta was established due to the desire of identifying with and establishing our culture as well as symbolizing order, strength and unity. Our founders set their precedent and today, we as a whole stand alongside them and exemplify what our values of pride, honesty and beliefs of tradition and custom symbolize.

Sisterhood

OPB Sisters

Our dynamic sisterhood was founded on March 15, 1989 with the vision of establishing itself as a home for women of all races and ethnicities. This sisterhood, like any home, has become a place to which we can all go and discuss our obstacles, frustrations, passions, fears, struggles, and dreams. The women of this household have undergone distinct trials and tribulations but have found their place in the heart of Omega Phi Beta, which fosters their desire to develop as role models in leadership, scholarship, and service.

We have created an everlasting bond between each other , and it is continuously getting stronger with the constant love and pride we have for Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Our sisterhood is not only restricted within our chapter but the organization as a whole.

Founders

The historical marginalization of women, particularly women of color, has had a significant impact on the process by which multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial women ascertain educational, economic, social, and the political capital in American society.

In response to this reality, seventeen women from various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds synthesized their passion, commitment and motivation. They formed an organization that would unify women of color who were dedicated to correcting the injustices that have and that continue today to affect our communities.

On March 15, 1989, these seventeen women founded Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Education, Diversity, and Community Service were the attributes these seventeen women incorporated into the organization and to this day they continue to serve as the foundation and spirit by which all of the members of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated act upon.

To these seventeen women, we are forever indebted to you for your dedication, foresight, ingenuity and commitment to make a difference.

Omega Phi Beta Founder

Quick Facts

Mission

The purpose of Omega Phi Beta is to Serve and Educate people of diverse backgrounds through sisterhood, leadership, and guidance. As positive role models, we promote unity of all cultures, focus on the empowerment of our gender, and raise the standards of excellence in our academic, social and personal endeavors.


Vision

Omega Phi Beta envisions a world without oppression, where empowered women celebrate the essence of womanhood and act as resources in the advancement of their communities.


Motto

“Sirviendo y Educando a Través de Nuestra Diversidad”
“Serving and Educating Through Our Diversity”


Goals

  1. Women's Empowerment
  2. Cultural Awareness
  3. Scholarship
  4. Leadership
  5. Social/Politcal Activism
  6. Environmentalism
  7. Serve as Mentors


Quick Facts

Sorority Flower - Sunflower
Sorority Mascot - Hummingbird
Sorority Colors - Black, Forest Green, and Gold

Community/Political Activism

As women struggling against the injustices suffered by our gender, the members of Omega Phi Beta are proactive in various leadership roles in their campus communities and communities at large. Our members are involved in an array of student-oriented, business, and volunteer groups. We play key roles in planning, organizing, and conducting conferences and seminars as officers on Executive Boards of various organizations, which include, but is not limited to, cultural and ethnic based groups. We take pride in voicing our opinions and exercising our rights as women who advocate for our communities and ourselves.

Serving & Educating

As we organize and participate in events that benefit our communities, we keep in mind our focus to serve and educate through remembering our roots as women from all walks of life. We must never forget the challenges of our ancestors and what their trials and triumphs have taught us. From them, we have learned where we stand in the present and where we must take our community in the future.

Our National Philanthropy:
Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women

Omega Phi Beta struggles to overcome the injustices and oppression of women in our society. We celebrate the success of the women of our past, recognize the accomplishments of women today, and promote to uplift future generations. Recognizing that violence against women hinders progression, we have broadened the scope of our National Philanthropy to include ALL forms of violence affecting our gender, including but not limited to: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Mutilation, Stalking and Human Trafficking.


Through our broadened National Philanthropy, Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to our community while making a profound commitment to women's rights. We acknowledge the rigorous battle that lies ahead. However, through our partnership with Amnesty International (est. June 2005), we believe that as a united front, we will have the power to achieve our mission.


If you have been or suspect being victim to a crime, knowing your rights is the first and most important step.


Every Woman has a RIGHT:


  1. To live free of intimidation
  2. To freely express her ideas or opinions
  3. To make her own choices
  4. To equal privilege
  5. To receive justice and tell her "story" without prejudice

Chapter Cause - Youth Development

The city of Rochester has some of the state’s worse rated high schools. The graduation rate is extremely low yet the crime rate is ever rising. Many of the crimes are committed by teens influenced by what they believe is the only lifestyle they will ever know. Their lifestyle is many times full of abuse, poverty and gang violence. A lot of this trouble is associated with the fact that there are not enough programs or individuals that reach out to these adolescents to help them discover their possibilities. For these reasons Eta chapter would like to make a change and give hope to the youth of the City of Rochester. By naming it our chapter cause we commit ourselves to providing programming and community service geared towards the development of our youth.

Omega Phi Beta Crest
Sunflower

Serving and Educating Through Our Diversity | Sirviendo y Educando a Través de Nuestra Diversidad