In the Spring of 2003, a freshman named Julie Tran at the University of Maryland, College Park heard about a sorority called Sigma Psi Zeta. A sister of this sorority had asked her if there were any Asian-interest sororities on her campus, and if she might be interested in starting one at UMD. She was hesitant about the idea of a sorority at first; after all, there was one other Asian sorority already on campus. However, after an interest meeting at George Washington University, she thought if she had the support of other girls on campus, it could be a great way to make lifetime friendships and get more involved in campus life. She consulted with a friend, Anh Ngo, who also thought the idea of another Asian-interest sorority on campus would be a good idea, since it would provide more options and better fulfill their interests and needs. They soon started asking other girls whether they would be interested in chartering an Asian-interest sorority.
On April 22, 2003, eleven motivated, young women, all with unique personalities and different interests, came together for what is known as the very first meeting and the birth of the Society of Asian Sisters, affectionately known as SAS. The group’s name, thought of by Grace Leung, was an idea owing to the word “sass”. These 11 enthusiastic, young women discussed over dinner what kind of organization they wanted to be a part of – an organization that was not purely for social reasons but also valued academics, community involvement, and cultural awareness.
The girls had weekly meetings every Tuesday night on campus to discuss the different options of national Asian-interest sororities, fundraising ideas, and many social events to get to know each other better. They did extensive research on several sororities, which they felt had a base in various states, as well as locations that were not too far from the University of Maryland. After several meetings of discussing the pros and cons of each sorority and even contacting the different sororities, the girls chose to hopefully one day become a charter of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. They chose Sigma Psi Zeta because they felt that the sorority’s values related to themselves; they were an organization made up of strong, independent women with strong beliefs – all the characteristics the girls had discussed in what they wanted at their first meeting.
Eventually, their dedication paid off and the interest group was granted a bid to start pledging for Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority. Then through hard work, determination, and dedication, the Tau Charter was founded on December 6, 2003 under the leadership of the Charter Class: Michelle Chang, Amy Kim, Grace Leung, Eika Ng, Anh Ngo, Julie Tran, and Joanna Tsai.
The 7 Tau Charters