Eta Chapter Sisters
Eta Chapter Sister
Eta Chapter Sisters

Eta Chapter Herstory

In 1993, two empowered women at the State University of New York at Brockport were seeking a sisterhood that uplifted Latina women and would provide leadership, support, and an outlet for community outreach. While researching various other organizations, these women came across Omega Phi Beta and saw that the sisterhood went above and beyond service to the Latino/a community, but served and educated all communities. With a desire to expand the Greek Community at SUNY Brockport, Marianela Gonzalez Brown and Eileen Miranda Paniagua, two strong and determined women worked with the "Zeta Chapter" at the State University of New York at Oswego to illuminate the campus with the Radiance of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. On December 17th, 1994, the Extraordinary Eta Chapter was born at SUNY Brockport.

Five years later, 4 women at both the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology showed an interest in Greek Life and were determined to not limit themselves to the sororities on campus and decided to initiate change. Inspired by the sisterhood shown to them by various members of Omega Phi Beta, they decided to research and pursue their interest. On May 1, 1999, Gwendolyn Salas, Lanyn Perez, Ana Linda Vignoni, and Shonte Floyd reached the radiant light of Omega Phi Beta and also sought to keep the vision started at SUNY Brockport alive. Under the guidance of the women at SUNY Brockport, "Legacy" created history in the sorority by expanding to four schools and to 2 new areas: Rochester and Buffalo. The Eta Chapter grew to include the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Mu Chapter in Buffalo, NY was created.

Throughout the history of the Eta Chapter, we have upheld the ideals of our Illustrious Founders and have embraced and celebrated the diversity of women. Members that have come through our chapter have come from various backgrounds and ethnicities, namely, Columbian, Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Chilean, Mexican, Costa Rican, Peruvian, Argentine, African American, Panamanian, Jamaican and Haitian just to name a few.


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