Greek Name: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Chapter: Chi Lambda Chapter
Motto: A community-conscious, action-oriented organization
Goals/Pillars: Service, Scholarship, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood
Z-H.O.P.E (Zeta Helping Other People Excel)
National Education Foundation
Breast Cancer Walk
So Sweet Valentine
March of Dimes Bake Sale
National Founding Date: January 16, 1920
Chapter Founding Date: April 26, 1982
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women, also known as our Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love and Finer Womanhood. It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. Founder Viola Tyler was oft quoted to say "[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish."
Since Chi Lambda was chartered in 1982, over 60 outstanding women have dedicated themselves to upholding the principles of "Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood." Chi Lambda is a chapter for the Rochester Metropolitan Area, which includes institutions such as University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Brockport.