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.
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.
April 22, 2003
December 6, 2003
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