Greek Life

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Zeta Phi Beta (ZPD) Sorority. was founded January 16, 1920, at Howard University,

Washington, D.C. Zeta was created by founders who envisioned a sorority that would

directly affect positive change, not only in the U.S., but internationally. They wished to

raise the consciousness of their people, encourage high levels of scholastic achievement,

foster a sense of community among its members, and fight against societal prejudice, and

poverty among in black community.

Zeta is well known for being the first to create a National headquarters through which it

centralized its efforts; it was the first to charter a chapter in Africa; it was the first to

create auxiliary groups and it was the first to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi

Beta Sigma.

The sorority takes pride in its continued participation in transforming communities

through its many volunteer projects.  Zeta Phi Beta has chartered hundreds of chapters

worldwide and has a membership of 100,000+. Zeta chapters and auxiliaries have given

untotaled hours of voluntary service to educate the public, assist youth, provide

scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic

change. The sorority strives toward perpetual service to mankind as it enters into its

second century and beyond.

National Programs

  • Elder Care Initiative strives to provide education and awareness about preparing

for your senior years. The African American community is least prepared when it

comes to retirement, estate planning and understanding the legal and financial

preparation needed to care for parents, grandparents and ultimately, for our own

long term care. It is a comprehensive program that also focuses on elder abuse

awareness, financial peace, supporting the caregiver and volunteering at senior

care facilities.

  • Stork’s Nest is a 40-year- old partnership between Zeta Phi Beta and March of

Dimes. Stork’s Nest is a community-based, prenatal, health promotion program

for low-income pregnant women. The program is designed to promote prenatal

care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two

components-incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients “earn” points toward

incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive,

health-promoting activities; attending prenatal care appointments, participating in

prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits,, etc.

Thousands of women are serviced at Stork’s Nest all over the country every year.

  •  Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program (ZPAP) occurs annually during the

entire month of November in support of World Prematurity Day on November

17th and the March of Dimes. Since 2003, Zeta chapters and auxiliaries reach out

to over 300 houses of worship annually across the country and distribute

information on prematurity awareness, causes of prematurity and the importance

of seeking prenatal care in an effort to decrease infant mortality and the number of

low birth weight babies. In 2014, over 100,000 people were reached through the

Sorority’s grassroots campaign.

  • Adopt-A- School allows members of Zeta Phi Beta to identify low performing

schools and provide assistance in a number of ways to enhance the educational

experience, increase test scores and grades. Members purchase supplies and/or

equipment, provide volunteer hours, assist with parent engagement programs and

work with administrators to identify needs that may be specific to that particular

school.

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, kicks off our campaign to

distribute information in our communities on identifying signs of elder abuse and

where victims can go for assistance. According to Ageless Alliance, 1 out of 10

older adults are victims of abuse. Members throughout the country place

informational table tents in restaurants, businesses, churches and libraries all over

the country.

  • International Women of Color is one of five components of Z-HOPE. The

programming benefits include support for those with AIDS and those caring for

AIDS victims, literacy programs, building water wells, donating rice and much

more. We have built more than 52 water wells throughout Ghana. We have

recently launched a Well Maintenance program to ensure that our wells are

consistently functioning and providing potable water to the villages. We also built

a clinic at the Afua Kobi Apem Senior School for girls in Ghana. Enrollment at

the school went from 1,200 to 2,000 after opening the clinic. Villagers can also

visit the health center and often do. The clinic has dramatically improved the

health of the girls and their families.

  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer -While triple negative breast cancer can be found

in any ethnicity, breast cancers found in African American women are more likely

to be triple negative. This form of breast cancer is more aggressive and often

labeled more difficult to treat. It has also been found to occur disproportionately

in young African American women. Zeta chapters have begun adding information

about triple negative breast cancer to existing projects and programs on breast

cancer to build awareness and support efforts of health care professionals and

organizations recommending earlier breast health testing.

For more information on the Zeta branch here at UCSC email:  santacruzzetas@gmail.com