Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was organized on the campus of Howard University on January 16, 1920 by five women known as the five pearls. These five women are Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the beliefs of progressive organizations. Therefore, it was the idea of our 5 founders to have the sorority reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the ideals of scholarship, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. has many firsts: The first to charter a chapter in Africa, the first to form adult and youth auxiliary groups, the first to centralize its operations in a national headquarters, and the first to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated has always been a beacon of light here at New York Institute of Technology. Zetas were first recognized at the NYIT Central Islip campus, Long Island in the early 1980s. Due to the change of Greekdom and the transformation of NYIT, the Zeta light became a flicker of new hope. From 2007 to 2009 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Omega Zeta chapter has worked vigorously in chartering and reactivating an undergraduate chapter at NYIT.
Knowing the history of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated at NYIT, the campus remained under the jurisdiction of Omicron Alpha, a metro chapter that covered both Queens and Long Island. In spring 2010, five prestigious young women stepped forward to carry the task of holding the Zeta light, allowing the chartering of Omicron Tau chapter. These five women are: Archana Babu (Freshman: BS/DO program), Jasmine Denny (Junior: Criminal Justice program), Shanell Boyd (Sophomore: Hospitality Management program), Marie Delva (Freshman: Biology/ Life Sciences program), and Kendra Bellamy (Freshman: Social Sciences/Sociology program).
The purpose of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated at NYIT is to attract multicultural women of caliber and stature who wish to uphold the principles of scholarship, service, sisterly love, and finer womanhood.
Within the first year of existence, by upholding the principles of scholarship and service, the Ostentatious Omicron Tau chapter came in 2nd place at the 2011 New York State Leadership Conference and 3rd place in the Z-Hope Atlantic Region. At NYIT, Zeta Phi Beta was awarded Greek Organization of the Year (2011-2012). In addition, Marie Delva received the 29th Annual Finer Womanhood scholarship from Iota Theta Zeta chapter, the Arizona Cleaver Stemons scholarship from the Atlantic Region, and the Deborah Cannon Wolfe scholarship.