Scholarship * Service * Sisterhood * Finer Womanhood


It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter website.   I am Dr. Tiffini Ferdinand, Chapter President.  I have the distinguished honor of building on the principles of Zeta with the phenomenal and dynamic women of Upsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter, which serves the multi-cultural cities of Miramar and Pembroke Pines, Florida.  Upsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter is a graduate chapter chartered, December 18, 2004.

Since 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated has been committed to its founding principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood.  Members are composed of college and university graduate women dedicated to upholding the founding principles and helping others to excel.

We are an award winning Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Z-HOPE) chapter.  Through mind, body, and spirit, the members of Upsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter serve to empower people from all walks of life.  We pride ourselves on our community service and making a difference in the lives of others.  Upsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter has participated in many of Zeta's signature programs: namely March of Dimes' March for Babies, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and Zeta Phi Beta National Educational Foundation.

Our chapter currently sponsors three youth auxiliaries: Pearlettes for girls ages 4-8; Amicettes for girls 9-13 years of age; and Archonettes for high school young ladies ages 14 -18.  Through our youth auxiliary programs, chapter members foster the development of our youth with various activities that strengthen their leadership and inter-personnel skills and impress upon them the importance of community service.  Our Archonettes are also given the opportunity to receive college scholarships from the sorority.  We invite parents/guardians, who are seeking an organization within our community for school age girls, to contact our chapter.

Thank you for visiting our website!  Please come back often to keep abreast of our chapter activities.  Also, if you are a Zeta without a chapter home, we extend a sisterly welcome to you and invite you to attend one of our chapter meetings.  Do not hesitate to contact us at upsilonalphazeta@gmail.com.

Yours Truly,

Dr. Tiffini Ferdinand

Chapter President

A Brief History:

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. as an idea conceived by five coeds, Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie, and Pearl Neal.  These five women, also known as our Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood.  It was the ideal of the Founders that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization.  Founder Viola Tyler was often quoted to say "[In the ideal collegiate situation] there is a Zeta in a girl regardless of race, creed, or color, who has high standards and principles, a good scholarly average and an active interest in all things that she undertakes to accomplish.”

Upsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter

On December 18, 2004, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Upsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter was chartered with thirty-five ladies.   The Southeast Regional Director at that time presided over the chartering ceremony and she was assisted by the Area VI Coordinator at that time.   Soror Paulette V. Bartlett was installed as the first President.  In 2009, Soror Wilhelmina W. Neal was elected President and she currently holds the position. Between 2004 and 2013, the Chapter welcomed twenty-one transfer and new members.  Currently the Chapter has approximately twenty-five active members.

Charter Members

Grace Barnes, Paulette Bartlett (Golden Life), Lonay Bostic, Sheryl Brown, Sarah Faye Bullard (Golden Life), Dr. Katsia Cadeau, Simone Clyburn, Commander Victoria Cox (Golden Life), Gale Cunningham, Jacqueline Davis, Marsha Elliot, Dr. Tiffini Ferdinand, Dr. Sandra Gibson (Golden Life), Janice Gilbert, Gina Harris, Bobbie Haxton, Shawanda Johnson, Loraine Jordan (Life), Barbara Kirnes (Golden Life), Suzanne Luscar Starling, Althea Malone, Cathyanne Mathis, Robin Mims-Gaines, Vivian Monroe, Brigette Moody, Wilhelmina W. Neal, Rosemary Obdeus-Owen, Edna Pratt, Gillian Pridgen, Carol Richardson (Life), Kadeen Shaw, Genvieve Stephenson, Pamela Toomer, Joyce Walker, and Dr. Louisa Wynn (Life)


Zetas Helping Other People Excel

From the Sorority’s inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated has long demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community. Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that fosters collaborative partnerships between community organizations and facilitates community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization. Z-HOPE serves to empower people from all walks of life through three guiding principles: Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Upsilon Alpha Zeta is an award winning chapter for Z-HOPE community service. The chapter participates in annual programs such as American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, March of Dimes – March for Babies, Feds Feed Families, and numerous other local events that support National initiatives.

Upsilon Alpha Zeta in conjunction with a local federal agency has an adopted school, Lenora B. Smith Elementary School in Miami, Florida. Each year, the chapter participates in the following events at the school: Red Ribbon Week, Back-to-School Drive, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and Christmas Toy Drive. Items are collected for each event and distributed to the school children.

The primary objectives of Z-Hope are:

  • To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format
  • To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals
  • To promote the opportunities for expansion in Stork’s Nest programs
  • To facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization
  • To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered
  • To provide a standard reporting format to concentrate efforts and demonstrate the organization’s impact

Boulé Awards:

  • 1st place in Z-HOPE for Chapters with 26-50 members
  • 3rd place for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life overall

Regional Awards:

  • 1st Place in Z-HOPE Chapter Size (26-50)
  • 1st Place in Adopt-A-School Chapter Size (26-50)

State Awards:

  • Certificate of Distinction - 1st Place for Z-HOPE
  • Eldercare - 1st Place
  • Adopt-A-School (Donations) - 1st Place
  • Adopt-A-School (Hours) - 1st Place
  • Women Veteran’s Rock - 1st Place
  • Relay for Life - 3rd Place


Prospective Membership

Although membership in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is by invitation only, we encourage interested women with a track record of community service and currently pursuing a baccalaureate degree or in possession of a baccalaureate degree to contact our chapter for more information at upsilonalphazeta@gmail.com.

Reclamations or Transfers

Upsilon Alpha Zeta welcomes all Sorors (inactive, transfers, and/or those visiting the South Florida area).  If you wish to reactivate your membership, transfer, and/or visit please contact us via email.

Youth Auxiliaries

Upsilon Alpha Zeta fosters the guiding principles of the Sorority through young girls who may be family members of Zetas or girls in the community who have the willingness to be guided in the direction of sisterhood and self-preservation. If you or someone you know is interested in joining one of Upsilon Alpha Zeta’s youth group, please send us an email.


Youth group for young ladies age 14 to 18 currently in high school


Youth group for girls age 9 to 13


Youth group for young girls age 4 to 8

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