Zeta Phi Beta sisters serve SHU community

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., also known as the “Zetas,” is a sorority that has dedicated itself to serving the community for more than 19 years. The organization is part of the United Greek Council at Seton Hall.

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Monika Soto, a junior social work major, is the president of the Psi Pi chapter of Zeta Phi Beta. “It truly is an honor to be the president of the award-winning Psi Pi chapter,” Soto said “We have continuously set the standard for excellence on all levels. Although I assumed the responsibility of being President, it is a collaborative effort. I could never do this alone and that is when our principal of ‘sisterhood’ comes in.”

Soto explained that the Psi Pi chapter has been recognized on campus, as well as the state, regional and national levels for their consistent academic excellence, hard work and dedication at Seton Hall and its surrounding communities.

Heather Harris, a senior Africana studies and history major, said she joined the organization because she loves to serve others. “I respected the values and historical significance of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., being a historically black sorority founded in the early twentieth century,” Harris said.

She said her favorite memory of the sorority is the “Stroll for Babies” event. At this evening fundraiser, Greek organizations come together to stroll and raise money for the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and their babies.

“I was presented as one of the two of the newest members of the chapter and I instantly felt love and support coming from all around me,” Harris said. She added that it has definitely set a tone for her time in the chapter.

Soto said the sorority will be hosting its next event, “Let’s Taco ‘Bout It,” on Sept. 19 in the Chancellor’s Suite at 8 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Nieves family, who lost nearly everything in their home due to flooding.

“We always have a set agenda of programs we execute each semester,” Soto said. “However, we always adjust whenever we see a need to be fulfilled in our community.”

Sydra Bera, a senior social and behavioral sciences major, said she believes that multicultural sororities bring the community closer together. “Although I am not a part of the United Greek Council, I think the multicultural sororities offer the students a sense of community and belonging,” Bera said. “I think it is important because college is a place where you make lifelong friends and sororities give that to the students.”

“I encourage all women who are interested in joining a lifelong sisterhood dedicated to helping others to check us out,” Harris said.

Zoey Dotson can be reached at zoey.dotson@student.shu.edu.

Author: Zoey Dotson

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