Alpha Sigma Rho (ΑΣΡ), also known as Alpha Sigs or ASR, is an Asian-American Interest Sorority founded at University of Georgia on April 2nd, 1998.
In the fall semester of 1998, six young ladies at the University of Georgia realized the need for Asian unity and a stronger voice in the campus community. They decided to start an Asian-interest sorority, which would become the first in the State of Georgia.
Having researched several sororities across the nation that were not then represented at UGA, the founding mothers (led by UGA junior Jasmine Yu), felt that their unique goals and ideals were not well-represented by any of the existing sororities. The ladies believed that a sorority should exist primarily to breach the barriers between different cultural backgrounds, thereby promoting a sisterhood based on mutual respect and appreciation. They therefore set out to establish a new sorority rather than simply becoming a chapter of an existing group.
At the first attempt of establishing an Asian-interest sorority in Georgia, the founding class faced challenging obstacles due to the skeptical attitude of their mission from the UGA community. Although UGA today now is home to many multicultural Greek organizations, at the time, apart from the historically African-American groups of the NPHC, there were no fraternities or sororities focused on particular cultural or ethnic interests. In that regard, Alpha Sigma Rho can be considered a pioneer on the UGA campus. Through continued perseverance and determination, however, this group of women were able to overcome the difficulties in providing a means for addressing the concerns of the Asian student body. With the assistance and support of friends and family, including information about the interworkings of Greek organizations from the then current Asian-American president of an established NIC fraternity and the few Asian-American members of other fraternities and sororities at UGA, the new organization was born on April 2, 1998.
The Asian population at the University of Georgia remains underrepresented; however, it is continuing to grow. We as an organization are still striving towards becoming a recognized member of the Multicultural Greek Council at the University of Georgia to this day. Alpha Sigma Rho hopes to act as a unified voice for the expanding Asian population and instill a deeper awareness of the beauty of these cultures within the campus community at large.
The sorority is officially recognized by the Multi-Greek Council and the University of Georgia.