Gamma Zeta Alpha

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Gamma Zeta Alpha
ΓΖΑ
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FoundedDecember 3, 1987; 31 years ago (1987-12-03)
California State University, Chico, U.S.
TypeLatino Interest
ScopeWestern United States
Motto'Cultivating Leaders, Strengthening Communities'
Colors     Silver
     Black
     White
PhilanthropyCalifornia Academic Decathlon, Day of Service, Youth Conference
Chapters22 chapters
NicknameGammas
PillarsAcademic Excellence, Community Service, and Brotherhood
Headquarters620 W. McCarthy Way, Suite 194
Los Angeles, California
USA
Websitewww.gammas.org

Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΓΖΑ) was founded on December 3, 1987 at California State University, Chico in Chico, California. It is a Latino Interest fraternity that emphasizes Latino culture and the success of Latino males in higher education. Although Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is Latino by tradition, membership in the fraternity is open to all college males and includes members from various ethnicities including Black, Asian, Middle Eastern, White, European, and others. Following its founding principles, the fraternity encourages and creates programs that assist disadvantaged and low-income communities. Its goals are to promote scholarship for Latinos in higher education while instilling a sense of pride in Latino heritage.[citation needed]

History[edit]

In 1987, fifteen men came together to found what would later become Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Fraternal Ideology[edit]

Chapters[edit]

  • Alpha Chapter: Chico State University, founded 1987
  • Beta Chapter: San Jose State University, est. 1989
  • Gamma Chapter: University of California at Berkeley, est. 1992
  • Delta Chapter: California State University, Northridge, est. 1993
  • Epsilon Chapter: Fresno State University, est. 1997
  • Zeta Chapter: San Diego State University, est. 1997
  • Eta Chapter: University of California at Los Angeles, est. 2000
  • Theta Chapter: University of California at Davis, est. 2000
  • Iota Chapter: Stanford University, est. 2000
  • Kappa Chapter: University of California at Santa Barbara, est. 2000
  • Lambda Chapter: California State University, Monterey Bay, est. 2002
  • Mu Chapter: California State University, Sacramento, est. 2003
  • Nu Chapter: University of California at San Diego, est. 2004
  • Xi Chapter: California State University, Los Angeles, est. 2005
  • Omicron Chapter: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, est. 2005
  • Pi Chapter: Arizona State University, est. 2008
  • Rho Chapter: University of Southern California, est. 2010
  • Sigma Chapter: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, est. 2010
  • Tau Chapter: California State University, East Bay, est. 2011
  • Upsilon Chapter: California State University, Dominguez Hills, est. 2011
  • Phi Chapter: University of California, Merced, est. 2012
  • Chi Chapter: California State University, San Bernardino, est. 2016
  • Psi Chapter: University of San Francisco, est. 2019
  • Omega Chapter: reserved

NALFO[edit]

Established in 1998, the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) is an umbrella council for 21 Latino Greek letter organizations across the United States. The purpose of NALFO is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.

Expansion[edit]

Since its founding, Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has expanded to include chapters at schools throughout California, and most recently in Arizona. It is the only NALFO fraternity that has never had an inactive chapter due to lack of membership. Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. strives to ensure the potential for growth for all of its chapters once they are established. By teaching prospective members organizational knowledge and valuable skill sets to run a successful chapter, Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc. sets a foundation that promotes the success of its chapters within the university and surrounding communities.

Requirements[edit]

To begin the membership education process of Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity, Inc, every prospective member must fulfill the following requirements:

  • be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a four-year college or university
  • have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average

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