Society Zeta Alpha was founded in 1876 as a literary and theatrical society at Wellesley College. Over the course of over 130 years, Zeta Alpha has evolved from its theatrical role on campus to a more literary one. Zeta Alpha is the oldest of any society or campus organization with a continuous group of members. We are a proud club with a very diverse group of people who come from various student, cultural, and athletic organizations across campus.

      Many traditions of Zeta Alpha have remained alive over the course of its history. Each semester the society brings a variety of authors to campus to give talks, and often works with other on-campus organizations to co-sponsor events. Once a year, in preparation for Traditions Night, members visit the Wellesley archives and explore its holdings pertaining to Zeta Alpha, and members quickly realize that at its core, Zeta Alpha has remained true to its original goals: everlasting loyalty, unbreakable siblinghood, and strong literary passions. We live by our motto: "Ever burning lamp a symbol of our undying loyalty."

      Zeta Alpha greatly values its tradition of family. Although all members of Zeta Alpha are siblings, the tradition of smaller sub-families provides more opportunity for specific support and fun. Being a literary society, our family names were hand selected to represent some of the great writers over time. Our current families are listed below.

The Families of Zeta Alpha

The Austen Family

Aisha Lovise Maud Bornø
Basma Jaber
Kayla Ali
Dominique Copeland
Soumaya Difallah

The Plath Family

Adrianna Rosario
Taelor Jais
Olivia Moeller
Katie White
Withney Barthelemy

The Fitzgerald-Morrison Family

Taylor Thaxton
Catherine Digennaro
Aïda El Kohen
Diana Cruz
Abeer Dhanani
Sydney Tischler

The Neruda Family

Shreya Thatai
Esther Miller
Olivia Salomon
Julia Jung

The Ephron Family

Dharani Persaud
Maggie Hughes
Janessa Sullivan
Nadia Kelson

The Angelou Family

Cate Johnson
Sarah Hucklebridge
Cat Yoke
Suzanne Wang
Nathalie Bolduc
Alberta Born-Weiss
Kendall You Mak

The Alcott-Hurston Family

Kiersten Schneider
Danieille Heims-Waldron
Dalila Stanfield
Debra Rowcroft
Akilah Chatman

The Woolf Family

Amelia Alvarez
Molly Horgan
Isabelle Nettere
Lauren Santo Domingo
Jamilah Lewis-Horton
Sophie Wang

The Lahiri Family

Gabby Hartman
Navisha Gupta
Maja Svanberg
Zoe Borghard
Hannah Brewster
Katherine Gao
Sama Mundlay