Herstory

In 1993, four determined collegiate women congregated with the common goal of establishing an organization at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona that would serve towards the advancement of Hispanics/Latinas while promoting a quest for higher learning and volunteerism. These visionary young women saw the need to create a support system that would encourage women to become actively involved with social issues, achieve educational excellence, and serve as a motivational source for others. They envisioned generating role models that would eventually yield a considerable amount of leaders in our Hispanic/Latino community. Their benevolent vision became a reality on January 25, 1993 when Gamma Alpha Omega obtained acknowledgement as the first Latina based sorority on the campus of Arizona State University. We respectfully pay tribute to our Most Honorable Founding Madres who, along with our National Founding Charters, set the stage for our legacy and made possible the birth of a unique and strong sisterhood.

National Founding Madres
  • Michelle Seanez
  • Amy Alvarez
  • Patsy Guardado
  • Clara Lopez
National Founding Charters
  • Annette Escalante
  • Valerie Mendoza
  • Roxana Quinones
  • Sandra Saenz

The efforts put forth by our National Founding Madres and Charters have served to instill a powerful sense of dedication to self, sisterhood and community within our membership. More than fifteen years after our inception, we continue to see the long-standing effects of their extraordinary foresight.

Gamma Alpha Omega became a national organization with the founding of Gamma Chapter, at the University of Washington on January 24, 1997.

April 2001 marked a milestone for Gamma Alpha Omega, when our beloved organization was officially recognized as an incorporated entity in the state of Arizona.

Since then, we have expanded all over the United States with established chapters in 19 locations, 8 states and numerous interest groups nationwide. Our membership has grown to include women of various backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. Members of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Inc. strive to uphold the values of the sorority - Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Scholarship and Unity- as they continue to excel in their respective campuses and surrounding areas.