Greek Name: Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Chapter: Eta Chapter
“Sirviendo y Educando a Través de Nuestra Diversidad”
“Serving and Educating Trough Our Diversity”
The mission of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated 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.
OPBSI envisions a world without oppression, where empowered women celebrate the essence of womanhood and act as resources in the advancement of their communities.
Philanthropy: Raising Awareness of Violence against Women
National Founding Date: March 15, 1989
Chapter Founding Date: December 17, 1994
Colors: Black, Forest Green, and Gold
Eta Chapter 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 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.
Phone: (585) 310- BETA(2382)
National Website: https://www.omegaphibeta.org/
Chapter Website: http://www.rit.edu/sg/opbsi
Sorority Flower - Sunflower
Sorority Mascot - Hummingbird
Sorority Colors - Black, Forest Green, and Gold
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.