Sigma Mu Zeta
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter’s mission is to enhance the community by focusing on the Sorority’s principles, encouraging proactive participation, showing persistence in all endeavors while fostering the spirit of sisterhood, and promoting the idea of Finer Womanhood.
Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter was chartered on December 20, 2001, by eight classy ladies. At the chapter’s inception, meetings were held at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Currently, meetings are held virtually due to COVID 19.
Sorors Jocasta Frazier, Daarina Abdul Mateen, Trellis Buckles, Serafina Williams, Darleen Benson Smith, Cheryl Nugent-Bishop, Teresa Green Johnson*, and Rosemarie Farngalo had a vision for a new chapter in the Stone Mountain- Lithonia area. Their heartfelt desire was to create a chapter focused on the Zeta principle of Sisterhood. A chapter where a true sisterhood would be forged, finer womanhood would be a consistent norm, and an atmosphere that would be welcoming, inviting, and supportive. We believe our Five Pearls envisioned these same things for the organization in 1920.
You can find the chapter in the community completing service projects on Sickle Cell Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness, March of Dimes, Domestic Violence, Social Action, etc. We have partnered with DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson on several projects in the community including C.H.O.I.C.E.S. – The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (First Lady Michelle Obama’s project), voter registrations, back to school events, COVID vaccination events, etc. We have also partnered with H.O.M.E, Inc. – Helping Oppressed Women Endure, Inc in Lithonia. The ladies of Sigma Mu Zeta loves to stay busy in the community.
Our National Z-HOPE (Zeta Helping Other People Excel) program has us working in the community with our Elder Care Initiative at Traditions Health and Rehabilitation in Lithonia and Branan Towers Assisted Living in Atlanta and with our Adopt-A-School Initiative at Rainbow Elementary School.
In the spring of 2008, Sigma Mu Zeta chapter sponsored its first undergraduate chapter. Alpha Tau Chapter at Emory University started with five initiates. In 2014, Sigma Mu Zeta became the sponsoring chapter for Iota Sigma at Clayton State University. Over the years, both chapters continue to grow and represent Zeta well.
In September 2018 Ascent Education Foundation was created with a primary purpose to assist youth in the community on how to prepare for and finance a collegiate education. We offer scholarships to students attending traditional and non-traditional educational programs.
In the midst of a pandemic on October 18, 2020, Sigma Mu Zeta inducted its inaugural group of ladies into our youth auxiliaries.