Chapters and Collectives

Omega Phi Beta has Collegiate (undergraduate) and Alumnae (professional) Chapters and Collectives across seven regions in the United States.

  • Region 1: Eastern New York (purple)
  • Region 2: Mid-Atlantic (green)
  • Region 3: Western New York (yellow)
  • Region 4: New England (gold)
  • Region 5: Southeast (yellow)
  • Region 6: Midwest (gold)
  • Region 7: West Coast (yellow)
  • Expansion Team: Unassigned Areas (dark green/black)

Collegiate Chapters and Collectives

Collegiate Chapters are recognized and chartered entities at accredited 4-year Colleges and Universities, typically composed of Undergraduate members. Collegiate Collectives are generally new entities that have not achieved a chapter charter with the Sorority. They are still fully recognized by, and operate in, accredited 4-year Colleges and Universities and are composed primarily of Undergraduate members.

If you wish to contact a Collegiate Chapter or Collective you can email them at their [chapter name]@omegaphibeta.org (example: BetaAlpha@OmegaPhiBeta.org). You may also reach out to the Regional Vice President that oversee the region that the Chapter or Collective belongs to.

{* Note: Indicates the Chapter or Collective is currently inactive}


 

Region 1: Eastern New York
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Alpha Chapter University at Albany, SUNY Albany, NY 1989
Beta Chapter State University of New York at New Paltz; Marist College New Paltz, NY; Poughkeepsie, NY 1991
Gamma Chapter Union College Schenectady, NY 1991
Epsilon Chapter LIU Post (Long Island University, C.W. Post) Brookville, NY 1993
Theta Chapter Stony Brook University, SUNY Stony Brook, NY 1998
Kappa Chapter* Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1998
Sigma Chapter State University of New York at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY 2001
Beta Delta Chapter Pace University, Pleasantville Pleasantville, NY 2008
Beta Epsilon Chapter* State University of New York College at Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY 2008
Collective at STAC* St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, NY 2010

 

Region 2: Mid-Atlantic
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Lambda Chapter* Brooklyn College, CUNY Brooklyn, NY 1998
Upsilon Chapter Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 2002
Chi Chapter* Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 2003
Beta Alpha Chapter St. John's University Jamaica, NY 2002
Beta Gamma Chapter New York University New York, NY 2007
Beta Rho Chapter Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ 2010
Collective at UMBC* University of Maryland, Baltimore County Baltimore, MD 2003
Manhattan Collective Columbia University & Barnard College, and City College of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Pace University NYC New York, NY 2008
Washington DC Collective Georgetown University Washington, DC 2015
Collective at Stevens Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ 2016
Collective at CMU Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 2016

 

Region 3: Western New York
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Delta Chapter Binghamton University - State University of New York Binghamton, NY 1992
Zeta Chapter State University of New York at Oswego Oswego, NY 1993
Eta Chapter College at Brockport: State University of New York; Rochester Institute of Technology; University of Rochester Brockport, NY; Rochester, NY 1994
Mu Chapter University at Buffalo, SUNY; Buffalo State College, SUNY; D'Youville College Buffalo, NY 1999
Nu Chapter Cornell University; Ithaca College Ithaca, NY 1999
Xi Chapter Syracuse University; Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY 1999
Tau Chapter Utica College; Hamilton College Utica, NY; Clinton, NY 2000
Beta Theta Chapter State University of New York at Cortland Cortland, NY 2009
Collective at Oneonta State University of New York at Oneonta Oneonta, NY 2016

 

Region 4: New England
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Pi Chapter Boston Metropolitan Area: Boston College; Boston University; Northeastern University; Tufts University; Lasell College; Wellesley College; UMASS Boston; Babson College; Harvard University Boston, MA 1997
Beta Kappa Chapter University of New Haven New Haven, CT 2010
Beta Nu Chapter Johnson and Wales University Providence, RI 2007
Beta Xi Chapter Rhode Island College Providence, RI 2003
Beta Pi Chapter Yale University New Haven, CT 2014

 

Region 5: Southeast
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Iota Chapter* University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1998
Omicron Chapter* Duke University Durham, NC 2000
Beta Zeta Chapter Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 2010
Beta Eta Chapter University of South Florida Tampa, FL 2010
Beta Lambda Chapter University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 2011
Beta Sigma Chapter Florida International University Miami, FL 2015
Collective at CSU* Charleston Southern University North Charleston, SC 2008
Collective at UNCC University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC 2014
Collective at ODU Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 2015
Collective at GSU Georgia State University Atlanta, GA 2016

 

Region 6: Midwest
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Rho Chapter* Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 2001
Psi Chapter DePauw University Greencastle, IN 2006
Beta Beta Chapter* University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Champaign, IL 2006
Beta Iota Chapter Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL 2010
Beta Omicron Chapter Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 2011
Beta Tau Chapter Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, IN 2015
Collective at ISU Illinois State University Normal, IL 2016

 

Region 7: West Coast
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Phi Chapter University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 2003
Beta Mu Chapter University of California at Berkeley Berkeley, CA 2011

Alumnae Chapters and Collectives

Alumnae Chapters and Collectives are comprised of post-graduate members and are typically linked to major cities or metropolitan hubs, also known as Professional Chapters/Collectives. Alumnae Chapters and Collectives allow members to participate in Sorority life beyond College in formal and significant ways.

If you wish to contact an Alumnae Chapter or Collective you can email them at their [chapter name]@omegaphibeta.org (example: AlphaBeta@OmegaPhiBeta.org). You may also reach out to the Regional Vice President that oversee the region that the Chapter or Collective belongs to.

{* Note: Indicates the Chapter or Collective is currently inactive}


 

Region 1: Eastern New York
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Long Island Alumnae Collective Regional Long Island, NY 2017

 

Region 2: Mid-Atlantic
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Alpha Beta Chapter Metropolitan New York, NY 1994
Alpha Gamma Chapter Metropolitan Washington, DC 2004
Alpha Zeta Chapter State-Wide New Jersey 2007

 

Region 3: Western New York
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Alpha Delta Chapter Metropolitan Rochester, NY 2004
Alpha Eta Chapter* Metropolitan Buffalo, NY 2007

 

Region 4: New England
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Alpha Epsilon Chapter Metropolitan Boston, MA 2007
Alpha Kappa Chapter Metropolitan New Haven, CT 2013

 

Region 5: Southeast
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Alpha Theta Chapter Metropolitan Orlando, Florida 2007
South Florida Alumnae Collective* Regional Miami, FL 2015
Atlanta Alumnae Collective Metropolitan Atlanta, GA 2016
North Carolina Alumnae Collective State-Wide Raleigh NC, Durham NC, Chapel Hill NC, Charlotte NC 2016

 

Region 6: Midwest
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
Alpha Iota Chapter Metropolitan Chicago, IL 2011

 

Region 7: West Coast
Entity
College/University
Location
Est.
LA Alumnae Collective Metropolitan Los Angeles, CA 2011

Honorary Members

The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Phi Beta is reserved for Honorary members. It provides an honorary sisterhood opportunity for professional women who exemplify OPBSI’s mission, vision, goals, and values to be inducted into our organization. Honorary membership is one of Omega Phi Beta's highest honors and our honorary members are a source of pride for the organization, pioneers in their professions and women who strongly believe our responsibility is to serve our communities.

Dr. Blanca Ramos

HonorarySister_01_BlancaRamosBlanca Ramos was one of Omega Phi Beta’s earliest advocates at the University at Albany during our founding days. She was initiated as an honorary member in Spring 1990. Dr. Ramos' scholarly interests are centered on cross-cultural social work, gerontology, and domestic violence with a focus on US Latinos. Dr. Ramos holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Albany. She teaches courses on clinical social work, diversity, immigrants, Hispanic cultures in the U.S., and research in Latino communities. Her international work includes partnership building with higher education institutions and communities and with the national association of social workers in Peru. Dr. Ramos serves on a variety of local, regional, and national boards and commissions and has extensive experience as a practitioner and community organizer. Blanca Ramos is past First Vice President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and has served in the National Board of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research. She is a current member of the editorial board of Social Work and the NASW National Committee on Inquiry. She is originally from Lima, Peru.

Nilda Estrada

HonorarySister_02_NildaEstradaNilda Estrada was introduced to Omega Phi Beta through her daughter Monica who became a member as a college senior and soon after graduation joined National Leadership. During this time Ms. Estrada supported the work of the organization and assisted with expansion efforts to Lambda Chapter at Brooklyn College. Ms. Estrada has a strong history in fighting Domestic Violence, aligning with OPBSI's philanthropy. Ms. Estrada was one of five women to establish the first DV shelter for women and children in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Equipped with a degree in Education, Ms. Estrada dedicated her life to family counseling and particularly working with non-traditional students in higher education. She has been a Professor of Psychology at Touro College for nearly 25 years and spent 10 years as Dean and mentor to Latino students at Touro. She has also taught at NYC College of Technology as a professor and advocate for women and children conducting workshops on Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and School Violence. She established a daycare center and after school program which she has been operating for close to 20 years. Ms. Estrada's passion for the organization, life experiences, and work in her community aligned with many of OPBSI's own goals and values and in Fall 1999 she was inducted as an honorary member of the organization.

Christina Vargas

HonorarySister_03_ChristinaVargasOmega Phi Beta was first exposed to Christina Vargas and her amazing work through our Theta Chapter at Stony Brook University where she had an impressive career as Director of Diversity, Affirmative Action and EEO. From 2008-2009 Ms. Vargas served as President of Stony Brook University’s Alumni Association and is one of the founders of the Black and Latino Alumni Group. She serves on the Board of Directors for ERASE Racism, Inc. (Education, Research, Advocacy and Support to Eliminate Racism). Her many contributions have earned Ms. Vargas multiple awards and recognition including the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, and the Suffolk County Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Meritorious Service. Ms. Vargas holds a Master of Science degree in Management and Policy from the Harriman School for Management and Policy at Stony Brook University, and a B.S. in Business Management from Stony Brook University. She also holds a Diversity Management Certification as an Advanced Practitioner from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She became an honorary member of Omega Phi Beta in Summer 2006.

Rita S. Smith

HonorarySister_04_RitaSmithIn 2006 Omega Phi Beta’s Director of Community Service, Betty Diaz, enlisted the help of Rita Smith in bringing a deeper understanding of Domestic Violence Awareness (DVA) to the membership of the sorority. Ms. Smith graduated from Polk State College an AA degree in Psychology in 1974. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State and shortly after began working as an advocate for battered women in Colorado. In 1993 she became the Executive Director of the National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV), a national non-profit that works at the grassroots level to end violence in the home, and remained in that role for 23 years. She has been interviewed by hundreds of newspaper reporters, appeared on many local and national radio and television news shows, including the Washington Post, USA Today, People Magazine, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey Show. She has co-authored several articles, manuals, and book chapters on her work and experience in DVA and advocacy. In December of 2011 she was named Distinguished Alumnus of Polk State College, and in November of 2013 she was chosen by the Association of Florida Colleges for the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award. In September 2014 she was asked to serve as a senior advisor to the NFL (National Football League) to share league policies on domestic violence and sexual assault. The partnership that Ms. Diaz and Ms. Smith forged in 2006 grew and extended beyond their shared philanthropic work to sisterhood. In Summer 2009 Ms. Smith was inducted into the Alpha Alpha Chapter as an honorary member.

Rhina Valentin

HonorarySister_05_RhinaValentinRhina Valentin’s fire, passion, and activism brought this award winning actress, producer, emcee, dancer, and writer to cross paths with Omega Phi Beta. In 2012 Ms. Valentin and OPBSI collaborated philanthropically in efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence through the Love Walk, which she co-created, and the Milagros Day Worldwide Walk. “La Reina” Rhina Valentin is truly one of the performing arts’ most versatile women. Ms. Valentin, a New York native and graduate of the William Esper Studio, has been dubbed “Diva” by The Village Voice and “La Diva Del Barrio” by Siempre Newspaper—and rightly so. This Jane-of-all-trade has performed at some of New York’s most renowned locations, such as New World Stages, The Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.  She has been featured on HBO and in nationally syndicated commercials, written, choreographed and performed critically acclaimed pieces for dance and theater, and currently serves as the beauty, brains and the bronze behind her rapidly growing production company, La Reina Del Barrio, LLC. She also hosts a regular talk show on BronxNet.TV, a public access network in the Bronx. She was inducted as an honorary member in Spring 2014 at OPBSI's 25th Anniversary Gala.

Adriana V. Cusumano

HonorarySister_06_AdrianaVCusumanoAdriana Cusumano has long supported the efforts of Omega Phi Beta and its members and has been like a sister to several members of the organization. She is a New York native of Colombian decent who graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Psychology. She is a Vice President in the ACCE Product Development Group at JP Morgan with a career background in product development, operations, and regulatory change. She leads diversity and women’s imitative networks at JP Morgan in an effort to better home community. She has also taken a role in supporting programs of the Art of Stepping Foundation (AOS Foundation) and the Bowery Mission. She firmly believes that “it is important to change the world for the next generation of women leaders, the same way our predecessors paved the way for our generation.” Ms. Cusumano was inducted into the Alpha Alpha Chapter in Summer 2015.

Dr. Emily A. Daniels

HonorarySister_07_EmilyDanielsThe Sigma Chapter at SUNY Plattsburgh has long called Dr. Emily Daniels an advisor, a mentor, an advocate, a friend, and now a sister. Dr. Daniels grew up in New York, California, and Colorado. She earned her BA in Intercultural Studies at Simon’s Rock College of Bard, her MA in Social Justice and Intercultural Relations at the School for International Training, and her PhD in Teaching, Curriculum and Change from the University of Rochester. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at SUNY Plattsburgh in upstate New York. Her life experiences have brought her closer to her passions: education, advocacy, diversity and inclusion. She has presented in her areas of expertise all over the country and published, written, edited and co-written many works including her book “Fighting, loving, teaching: An exploration of hope, armed love and critical urban pedagogues” (2012). Dr. Daniels was inducted to the Alpha Alpha Chapter in Summer 2015.

Dr. Jessica Guzman-Rea

honorarysister_08_jessicaguzmanreaJessica Guzmán-Rea is a native of Rochester, located in upstate New York. Dr. Guzmán-Rea is an expert in Social Work and Education having participated in various study abroad programs, fellowships, and internships in the fields as well as volunteered her time to community initiatives and organizations supporting young people. Currently she is the Director of the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center at the University of Rochester and an adjunct and contributing professor in Education and Social Work. Dr. Guzmán-Rea received a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a master’s in social work from Columbia University. She earned her doctorate in Education at the University of Rochester, Warner School of Education and Human Development in 2010. She speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. Her experience with Omega Phi Beta began at the U of R working with colleagues who are members of the organization and mentoring and guiding the women of the Eta Chapter. Her passion for the empowerment and advancement of students of color in higher education aligned with the organizations mission, vision, and motto. She was inducted as an honorary member in Summer 2016 at the National Convention in Virginia Beach.

Eternal Members

Omega_Chapter_EternalThe Omega Chapter of Omega Phi Beta is reserved to memorialize our Eternal members, sisters that have passed away, and is the everlasting home of Founder Renee "Encanto" Padilla.

On October 9, 2000 our Radiant Light, Founder Renee “Encanto” Padilla, was in a tragic car accident on her way to the airport in the Dominican Republic. From that day forth OPBSI honors her life, laughter, and her memory on October 9th of every year as National Remembrance Day. Current and prospective members gather on this day to commemorate her life and gather in sisterhood and love.