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Gender Studies

Gender Studies and Tri-Iota Honor Society

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The Loyola University Maryland Gender and Sexuality Studies Club mission, bylaws and honor society  requirements.

Iota Iota Iota (Tri-Iota), National Women's Studies Honor Society

Iota Iota Iota is a National Women's Studies Honor Society with more than 80 chapters nationwide. Tri-Iota strives to maintain the feminist values central to Women's Studies and encourage diversity, egalitarianism, and a supportive academic environment for all students.

The purpose of Tri-Iota is to promote interest in Women's Studies, and research in social problems affecting all women. This society also encourages volunteerism, advocacy, and activism within the community as important methods for promoting and maintaining the feminist values central to Women's Studies.

The Alpha Chapter of Iota Iota Iota originated in 1992 at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The organizers selected the Greek letter, iota for the name, to represent the three goddesses Inanna, Ishtar, and Isis. Loyola University Maryland is the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Tri-Iota, formed the spring of 2015.

Inanna, Ishtar, and Isis

Inanna was one of the primary deities of Sumer, a civilization that flourished from around 3500 BCE to 2500 BCE. She was known as the queen of the land, the source of the earth's life blood. According to some stories, she renewed her virginity each year by descending into the underworld. Mary Daly, who has reinterpreted many words referring to women, suggests that a virgin may be thought of as a wild, lusty, unsubdued woman.

Ishtar was the great goddess of Babylonia, a civilization located in the south of present-day Iraq from around 1800 to 1000 BCE. Ishtar - or Star - was the Light of the World, the Lawgiver, the Queen of all Men. Mary Daly might call her the Audacious Truthsayer: unafraid, naming the problems, boldly telling the Truth.

Isis was the primary goddess of ancient Egypt, beginning around 3000 BCE. Worship of Isis lasted well into the first millenium of the Christian Era, and many believe she became identified with Christianity's virgin mother Mary. Isis was the goddess from whom all else arose - the Creator, the Giver of Life, the Mother of All.

Tri-Iota Membership at Loyola University Maryland


All Loyola students with an interest in gender, sexualities and women studies are invited to participate in Tri-iota activities. These may include speakers, films, activism, or other gatherings.

Honors in Minor Designation

Students who demonstrate a high level of commitment to the study of gender, sexualities or women's studies will be invited to apply for membership in the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Tri-Iota.

Students who have a GPA of 3.0 or above (overall and in their WS courses), have successfully completed Introduction to Gender Studies (SC210) and at least one upper-level gender studies course, and have declared the gender studies minor, will be invited to be initiated into the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Iota Iota Iota at Loyola University Maryland.

Prospective members must complete an application form and submit a one-time fee of $15 at initiation. That fee pays for meetings costs and the lavender cords that each honor society member may wear at graduation (and keep afterward).

Congratulations to 2016 Senior inductees

Briona Phillips, Catherine Muraska, and Megan Ryan.

Congratulations to 2015 Spring Senior Inductees

Michael Mangina, Emily Delaney, Angelica Puzio, and Olivia Camusi

2016-2017 Tri-Iota Officers

Co President: Kelly Keenan kekeenan@loyola.edu
Co President:
Veronica Collazo vkcollazo@loyola.edu

Download the Tri-Iota Constitution

Tri-Iota Gender Studies Club News

Fall 2016 Activities

Video Presentations and discussion

"The Perfect Victim" October 19, 7:00 p.m., MH440. (Trailer)

"Anita" November 2, 7:00 p.m., MH440 (Trailer)


The Gender and Sexuality Studies Club in collaboration with ALANA, the Women's Center and the Department of Modern Languages is sponsoring Antonia Amprino to speak about her new book, Words on Fire! Women Loving Women in Latin America, December 1, 7:30 (location to be determined).

Ms. Amprino will discuss the lives of Latin American bisexual and lesbian women and how they form and maintain close romantic bonds in a patriarchal machismo culture. She will read from the women’s testimonies in her book and present a vivid picture of their struggle to love against all odds. The audience is encouraged to recognize the fierce strength of these women and to note how similar lives are despite the distances between countries and continent.