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Tri-Iota Honor Society

Gender and Sexuality Studies Club & Tri-Iota Officers

2023 - 2024 Co-Presidents:           

Madison Tran
Nez Blaho
Mary Kearney

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Past Gender and Sexuality Studies Club Events

Dunn Lesture FlyerTara Burke Followup DiscussionEcofeminism FlyerFlyer Women in Sports

Activism and Allyship flyerRape Culture FlyerGun Violence FlyerPreparing the trans support bannerWorkplace inequality flyerTrans support flyerTans military support bannerFDemale Hysteria Meeting female_hysteria_women_in_modern_medicine

2019 Induction gathering

About Iota Iota Iota

Iota Iota Iota (Tri-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.

tri-iota celebration cakeThe 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

Tri-iota goddess statues and paintingInanna 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 millennium 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.

Iota Iota Iota (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 and Sexuality Studies (SC 210) or  RAce, Class and Gender (SC 221) 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. Students must maintain their GPA to receive the honors designation upon graduation.

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. (The fee may be waived if the program budget allows.)

Congratulations to Our Inductees


Seniors: Nez Blaho, Kate Hanson, Mary Kearney, Ella Mallon, Bridid McCarthy, Grace Perry, Madison Tran.
Juniors: Sophie Anderson, Chloe Conner, Anna Miller, Felicity Weavil.

2024 Tri Iota Inductees standing in a line with lilac cords aournd their necks


Cate Cino, Journie Orozco, K C Sneha, Marissa Sullivan, Sophie Valkenberg


Kathleen Brennan, Sophia Fleetwood,  Maura Hegarty,  Katherine Husbands, Donald Roberson, Caroline Toto,  Carli Tyson


Fiona Finnegan, Cayla Keach,  Alyssa Keskula, Kaitlyn Mullany, Sophia Seymour, Kelsey Wyatt.

Guest speakers: Matthew DiFerdinando, Angelica Puzio, Megan Ryan

May 2021 Tri Iota Induction guest speakers faculty and students


Kayleigh Caggiano, Laura Dobbyn, Fiona Finnegan, Jillian Fury, Courtney Perotta, Kelsey Wyatt


Louisa Haslam, Emily Snapp, Delani Peccioli

2019 III inductees


Jessica Brown, Rodlyn-Mae Banting, Alicia Espinal-Mesa, Madeline Kolesar, Marin Malki, & Maureen O'Kane. Carly Morris & Dana Sauro (not pictured)

Jessica brown wearing her graduation cords tri-iota inductee wearing her graduation cord Alicia Espinal Mesa wearing her graduation cord  Madeline Kolesar wearing her graduation cords Marin Malki wearing her graduation cords Maureen Okane wearing her graduation cords


Sarah Georges, Anastasia Canell, Veronica Collazo, Kelly Keenan, Mary McGrath  and Isabella Reber

tri-iota inductees wearing their graduation cords


Briona Phillips, Catherine Muraska, and Megan Ryan

tri-iota inductees wearing their graduation cords


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

tri-iota inductees wearing their graduation cords

Past Club & Tri Iota Leadership:

2021-2022 Carly Tyson
2020 - 2021  Alyssa Keskula
2019 - 2020: Kelsey Wyatt
2018 - 2019: Delani Peccioli, Louisa Haslam, Rodlyn-Mae Banting
2017 - 2018: Dana Sauro, Jessica Brown & Delani Peccioli
2016 - 2017: Anastasia Canell & Veronica Collazo
2015 - 2016: Catherine Muraska
2014 - 2015: Olivia Camusi (originator)