Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Pi Zeta Chapter

Founded Nationally: Butler University, November 12, 1922

Chartered at Upstate: November 26, 2001

Symbol(s): White French Toy Poodle

Color(s): Royal Blue & Antique Gold

Nickname(s): SGRho

National Affiliation: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Minimum National Requirements*: 

Chapter Instagram: uscu_sgrho

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. National Website


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., was organized on Nov. 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside; Vivian White Marbury; Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson; Hattie Mae Dulin Redford; Bessie M. Downey Martin and Cubena McClure. The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on Dec. 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University. 

Soaring to greater heights of attainment around the world, Sigma Gamma Rho, as a leading international service organization of over 500 chapters in several countries and territories, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through sisterhood, scholarship, and service. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmarks of the organization’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically and economically. 

Sigma Gamma Rho provides service to the community through its national programs. The Essential Programs include: Operational Big Book Bag, Project Cradle Care, Swim 1922, Women’s Wellness and a Youth Symposium.

Some notable members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority are Deshauna Barber (Miss USA), Kelly Price (R&B songstress & seven-time Grammy nominee), Hattie McDaniel (actress and first African-American to win an Academy Award), Hydeia Broadbent (HIV/AID activist and humanitarian), MC Lyte (Hip Hop pioneer and the first solo female rapper to release a full album), US Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Audrey Jones, the EMMY winning Executive Producer of “The View” and Olympic medalists Martiza McClendon and Carmelita Jeter. 


* These are the national minimum requirements. Chapters may have higher standards. Please reach out directly to the chapter to inquire about their chapter requirements.


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