|Gamma Sigma Sigma|
|Founded||October 12, 1952|
Beekman Tower, New York, N.Y.
|Colors||Maroon and White|
|Symbol||Shepherd's Crook, Omicron|
|Jewel||Garnets and Pearls|
|Chapters||53 active collegiate chapters, 18 active alumni chapters|
|Headquarters||PO Box 248|
Rindge, New Hampshire
Gamma Sigma Sigma (ΓΣΣ) is a national service sorority founded on October 12, 1952, at Beekman Tower in New York City. It partners with other organizations such as March of Dimes, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, American Cancer Society, and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. It has 53 active collegiate chapters and 18 active alumni chapters.
The weekend of October 10–12, 1952, student representatives of Boston University, Brooklyn College, Drexel Institute of Technology, Los Angeles City College, New York University, Queens College, University of Miami, and the University of Houston met at Beekman Tower in New York City. They decided on the name Gamma Sigma Sigma and the colors of Maroon and White, and charters were then given to these groups. As the group from University of Miami did not commit to membership at the founding meeting, they are not counted as a founding group.
|School||Original Group Name||Assigned Chapter Name|
|University of Houston||Alpha Gamma Chi||Alpha|
|Brooklyn College||Booster Squad||Beta|
|Los Angeles City College||Alpha Gamma Chi||Gamma|
|New York University||Women's Service Organization||Delta|
|Boston University||Omega Service Sorority||Epsilon|
|Drexel University||Gamma Sigma Sigma||Zeta|
|University of Miami||Sigma Lambda Phi||Eta [a]|
|Queens College||Phi Gamma||Theta|
Service and organizational structure
Collegiate and alumni chapters are required to perform a defined number of service hours during the year as defined in their individual bylaws. Chapters/individuals may receive awards for their service or for participating in special emphasis projects.
Collegiate chapters are led by an executive board with the following roles. President, Service Vice President, Membership Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Financial Secretary, Public Relations Coordinator, National Representative, and Alumni Liaison. All are elected by the chapter except for the Parliamentarian, who is appointed by the President.
The sorority's national governing body is the National Convention, held biennially in odd-numbered years. During each convention, the delegation elects the National Board of Directors, which coordinates the sorority's activities. The delegation also chooses two service project areas for emphasis during the next two years. All members are encouraged to participate in these areas in particular, known as project I.M.P.A.C.T. (Individuals Making Progress Across Communities Together). The current I.M.P.A.C.T. areas are Anti-bullying and Suicide Prevention and Invisible Disabilities and Diseases.
The sorority partners with other charitable organizations, with the longest standing partnership held by the March of Dimes. Other partners include: National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, American Cancer Society, and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Gamma Sigma Sigma is not selective. The sorority does not discriminate based on race, sex, or gender nor do they tolerate hazing in any form. Membership is determined by guidelines set by each chapter, within guidelines set by the national organization and academic institution. These tasks are in direct relationship to both chapter and national service programs. Members-in-training are not required to perform personal services for members, or any activity that can be construed as hazing. Gamma Sigma Sigma also accepts individuals who are members of other organizations, including social sororities, as members.
On February 2, 2021, a post on Twitter detailed a series of racist, nationalist blog posts made by a member of the University of Georgia's (UGA) chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma. One offending post stated the enslavement of Black people in the United States “does not begin to compare to” Sept. 11, 2001. Another post stated that Black people should not get their own holiday celebrating independence because “July 4th is about America. Not about race. Without America, the slaves would still be under British control and who knows how long slavery would’ve lasted.” Other members of the chapter were outraged by the posts and demanded that the offending member be removed from her executive leadership position in the chapter.
The issue was brought up in a February 9 chapter meeting which was attended by members of the sorority's national board. The national board members' efforts to impair the recall of the offending member along with the discovery that the national board had been informed about the hurtful posts months prior and had ignored them increased discontent within the UGA chapter.
In the month directly after the chapter meeting, the majority of the UGA chapter's members and all but one member of the executive board resigned. A new organization has since been created on UGA's campus focused on the same ideals of Gamma Sigma Sigma while also emphasizing inclusive practices.
|Number||Location||Host||Theme||Dates||Woman of the Year||Refs|
|Beekman Tower, New York City||Organization and Constitutional||Oct 10, 1952 – Oct 12, 1952|||
|1st||Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois||Jun 26, 1953–Jun 28, 1953|||
|2nd||New York City, New York||Jun 24, 1955–Jun 26, 1955|||
|3rd||Detroit, Michigan||Iota chapter||Jun 21, 1957–Jun 23, 1957|||
|4th||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Zeta chapter and Philadelphia Alumni Chapter||Jun 19, 1959–Jun 21, 1959|||
|5th||Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts||Epsilon chapter||Jun 16, 1961–Jun 18, 1961|||
|6th||University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland||Xi chapter||Jun 14, 1963–Jun 16, 1963|||
|7th||St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota||Alpha Beta||Jun 18, 1965–Jun 20, 1965|||
|8th||Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri||Alpha Gamma||"Pioneers in Service"||Jun 15, 1967–Jun 18, 1967|||
|9th||Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida||Alpha Kappa||"Giving Sunshine"||Jun 20, 1969–Jun 22, 1969|||
|10th||University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut||Nu||"Season with Service"||Jun 17, 1971–Jun 20, 1971|||
|11th||University of Houston, Houston, Texas||Alpha and Houston Alumni Chapter||"Our Hearts in Service"||Jun 14, 1973–Jun 17, 1973||Esther Brenner|||
|12th||Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana||Gamma Omicron and Indianapolis Alumni Colony||"Crossroads to Service"||Jun 20, 1975–Jun 22, 1975||Dolly Melville|||
|13th||University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts||Alpha Theta||"Unity ... Spirit ... Service"||Jun 17, 1977–Jun 19, 1977||Margaret Kuster|||
|14th||University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia||Chi and Atlanta Alumni Chapter||"Service with a Smile Southern Style"||Jun 15, 1979–Jun 17, 1979||Dr. Ethel Allen|||
|15th||University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota||Alpha Iota and Northern Lakes Region||"Seeways to Service"||Jun 19, 1981–Jun 21, 1981||Margaret E. Kuhn|||
|16th||Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky||Beta Sigma and Bluegrass Alumni Chapter||"Run for the Roses"||Jun 17, 1983–Jun 19, 1983||JoAnn Verner|||
|17th||Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri||Delta Xi, Gateway Alumni Chapter, and the Frontier Region||"Service: The Finest Frontier"||Jun 20, 1985–Jun 23, 1985||Sharon Wenz|||
|18th||University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware||Beta Gamma, Philadelphia Alumni Chapter, Mid-Jersey Shore Alumni Chapter, and District III||"First in Service"||Jun 11, 1987–Jun 14, 1987||Barbara Bush*|||
|19th||Rime Garden Inn, Birmingham, Alabama||Delta Sigma and District IV||"Celebrate Service"||Aug 10, 1989–Aug 19, 1989||Mae Jemison*|||
|20th||Sheraton AirportCharlotte, North Carolina||District II||"Magic of Service"||Aug 8, 1991–Jun 11, 1991||P. Buckley Moss|||
|21st||Grand Milwaukee Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin||District I||"Servicefest '93"||Aug 12, 1993–Aug 15, 1993||Pat Mitchell* aka "Auntie Litter"|||
|22nd||Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland||District III||"Star Spangled Service"||Jul 6, 1995–Jul 9, 1995||Ellen Q. Ahlgren*|||
|23rd||Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel, Houston Texas||District IV||"Discover the Spirit"||Jul 3, 1997–Jul 6, 1997||Patty Wetterling*|||
|24th||Crown Plaza Hotel-Powers Ferry, Atlanta, Georgia||Atlanta Alumni Chapter||"Service on My Mind"||Jul 9, 1999–Jul 11, 1999||Karolyn Nunnallee*|||
|25th||Greenville Hilton, Greenville, North Carolina||Delta Chi||"Guiding Service through the New Millennium"||Jul 19, 2001–Jul 21, 2001||Beatrice Gaddy|||
|26th||Headquarters Plaza Hotel, Morristown, New Jersey||"Pride in our Past, Faith in our Future"||Jul 10, 2003–Jul 13, 2003||Amy Callahan|||
|27th||Embassy Suites Hotes Cleveland-Rockside, Cleveland, Ohio||"Service Rocks"||Jul 6, 2005–Jul 10, 2005||Barbara Irvine|||
|28th||Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Lincolnshire, Illinois||"Spotlight on Service"||Jul 11, 2007–Jul 15, 2007||Liz Scott, Mother of Alex Scott (Alex's Lemonade Stand)|||
|29th||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||"Destination: Service"||Jul 9, 2009–Jul 11, 2009||Ann McGee (Miracle Flights for Kids)|
|30th||Westin Washington Dulles, Herndon, Virginia||"Capitalizing on Service"||Jul 13, 2011–Jul 17, 2011||Enitan Doherty-Mason|
|31st||Crown Plaza Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri||"Meet Me In Service"||Jul 17, 2013–July 23, 2013||Paula Goldberg|||
|32nd||Nashville Airport Marriott, Nashville, Tennessee||"Service: Music To My Ears"||Jul 8, 2015–July 12, 2015||Carrie Newcomer|
|33rd||Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||"iServe"||July 5, 2017–July 9, 2017||Viney Mosley|||
|34th||TBA, New Orleans, Louisiana||"TBA"||July 17, 2019–July 21, 2019||TBD|
- The Woman of the Year also receives National Honorary membership.
Active chapters and colonies
As of February 18, 2023, Gamma Sigma Sigma has 38 active undergraduate chapters and 3 rechartering chapters. It has 42 Active Alumni chapters and colonies.
- Dr. Janette Hoston Harris - Alpha Delta - civil rights activist, DC Government Official
- Jessye Norman - Alpha Eta - opera singer
National Honorary Members
- Barbara Bush - National Honorary Member (1987)- first lady
- Mae Jemison M.D. - National Honorary Member - first African-American woman to travel to space
- P. Buckley Moss - National Honorary Member (1991) - Artist
- Pat Mitchell - National Honorary Member (1993) - "Auntie Litter"
- Ellen Ahlgren - National Honorary Member (1995) - Founder of ABC Quilts
- Patricia Wetterling - National Honorary Member (1997) - Founder of the Jacob Wetterling Foundation
- Karolyn Nunnallee -National Honorary Member (1999) - President of MADD
- Beatrice Gaddy - National Honorary Member (2001) - Founder of Bea Gaddy's Family Center
- Amy Callahan -National Honorary Member (2003) - Founder and President of the Better Days Foundation
- Barbara Irvine - National Honorary Member (2005) - Founder of Alice Paul's Institute/Women's Rights
- Liz Scott - National Honorary Member (2007) - Founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand
- Ann McGee - National Honorary Member (2009) - Founder and National President of Miracle Flights for Kids
- Enitan Doherty-Mason - National Honorary Member (2011) - Founder of Eduwatch
- Paula Goldberg - National Honorary Member (2013) - Founder of the PACER Center
- Carrie Newcomer - National Honorary Member (2015) - Singer
Chapter Honorary Members
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