Xenacious Xi Nu Graduate, Alumnae, & Professional
(GAP) Chapter of Houston, Texas
We began as the GAP South Texas Colony and remained as such for several years under the direction of Victoria Gonzalez and Vice President Sonia Bhushan. In the Spring of 2005, we brought in a successful line of two new GAP women, Maria Reyes and Laura Sanger.
After that year's activity, GAP South Texas went into dormancy.
In 2008, we had an influx of Omicron graduates, one of whom was incredibly motivated and willing to take on the challenge of bringing the South Texas Colony to life and making it a Chapter. That Sister was Atena Majd. Atena inspired other Omicron graduates as well as the original founders of the South Texas Colony to work towards chapter status.
We were founded on January 26, 2009 after six long years of striving to acheive chapter status. We were chartered by eight amazing women: Sonia Bhushan*; Victoria Gonzalez*; Atena Majd; Brenda Quintanilla Carrera*; Julia Mascorro; Anna Guisto; and Linh Pham.
*Omicron Chapter Founders
What Multicultural Means To Us
In 1997, our seven original founders saw the need for a sorority that crossed the societal boundaries of race, religion, culture, and class. Although part of their vision included creating a sisterhood that physically exemplified the transcendence of those boundaries, their primary goal was to bring women together who believe in the ideal of multiculturalism and wanted to promote multiculturalism in their everyday lives.
While other Greek organizations are and continue to grow more diverse, our organization explicitly seeks members with multicultural ideals and interests; we seek to use our sorority as a vehicle to educate the surrounding campus and community on issues of diversity. We recognize that diversity is not limited to race, and we are proud to say we have achieved a sisterhood which is quite diverse with respect to not only race, but religious heritage, geographic origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, nationality, political ideology, and even choice of major and career.
Ultimately, multiculturalism is the belief that there is inherent value in discovering, understanding, and appreciating all the ways in which people are different from each other.
It is for this reason that we differentiate ourselves, in name and in purpose, from other Greek organizations with the word "Multicultural."
To promote leadership, multiculturalism, and self-improvement through academic excellence, involvement in and service to the campus and community, as well as being living examples of sisterhood across different races, cultures, religions, backgrounds, and lifestyles.
"Sisters of Diversity, Together as ONE!"
Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, Leadership, and Multiculturalism
Our official colors are Carolina Blue, Lavender and Black.
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Sterling Silver Rose