Oregon State had everything Osenat Quadri was looking for in a university.
It was the perfect distance away from her hometown of Auburn, Washington. Not too close and not too far away. It had strong programs in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, where Quadri decided to study human development and family sciences since she’s known for most of her life that she wants to work with children. It had the Black Student Union, where she got involved as a freshman, and the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, where she works as a peer facilitator, organizing events, answering questions and helping students access resources.
Quadri recognized the need for even more opportunities for African American women on campus, so in 2014, she founded the Xi Upsilon chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. along with four other students.
Zeta Phi Beta is part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a group of traditionally black Greek-lettered organizations that’s also known as the Divine Nine.
“Bringing the sorority here provides an opportunity for African American women to get involved in the Greek community and feel an even greater sense of belonging here,” Quadri says.
Quadri hopes the Zeta Phi Beta chapter will continue to build community and help retain more students of color at Oregon State.
“It’s my baby,” she says. “When I come back to campus, I want to see it still alive, and I want this campus to be more diverse.”