Alpha Phi Gamma
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 07:45
Alpha Phi Gamma is an Asian American sorority. Created in 1994, the sisters of Alpha Phi Gamma began the sorority at California State Polytechnic University. With seven founding members, Alpha Phi Gamma began reaching out to other universities in the country to begin chapters.
Alpha Phi Gamma reached the University of Arizona in 2000. They were the first Asian American sorority at the UA, as well as in the state of Arizona.
"We are the Delta Chapter," said Sarah Ahmed, the president of Alpha Phi Gamma. "It means a lot to our organization and our community that we are the first Asian American Greek organization to come to Arizona. Our sisters take pride in that and proud of the difference we have made."
A main goal of the chapter is philanthropy. With their national philanthropy being the Fight Against Violence Towards Women, they also take initiative to support other philanthropic endeavors.
Another goal of the sorority is to bring Asian awareness to the campus. Alpha Phi Gamma works closely with the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs organization at the University of Arizona.
Alpha Phi Gamma's secretary Tiffany Pei, stressed the importance of awareness of other cultures in a university setting.
"Our chapter makes sure we put on events and programs that tailor to spreading the word on Asian American information," said Pei. "With April being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, it gives us an opportunity to spread the word even more."
The sorority has a large number of exchange students and transfer students join the chapter because of the safe community they built, according to Pei.
"We have a ton of students transfer and do exchanges from primarily Asian countries who join our chapter for their time being here," said Pei. "We give them a sense of belonging and show how we represent our culture across borders."
With no current transfer or exchange students, Ahmed shed light on what she has benefited from the chapter and those exchange students who have been in the chapter.
"It really is astounding how similar we all are," said Ahmed. "We can cross borders and be brought up in completely different cultures and at the end of the day, we are all college students who are interested in the same things. I love this sorority, I love my sisters, and I love what this chapter has done for me as a person and as an Asian woman."
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