University at Albany

Iota, Iota, Iota (Triota) Honor Society



Triota is the national Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies honor society, with a local chapter, Gamma Mu, at the University at Albany. The Greek letter, Iota, represents three ancient goddesses: Inanna, Ishtar, and Isis. Triota's goals reflect the feminist values of the field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:

  • Egalitarianism
  • Inclusiveness
  • Celebration of diversity based on gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, and other markers of difference.

The University at Albany chapter of Triota was established in the spring of 2014 and has since been a focal point for feminist activism on and off campus, including collaborations with various student and community organizations sharing similar goals of gender equality and racial inclusion. The organization promotes academic excellence and provides opportunities for activism and community engagement among students in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of at least two WSS (and cross-listed) courses

All students who meet these requirements are invited to become members of Triota. Interested students should contact Rajani Bhatia, faculty adviser, at, or Triota president, Carissa Streckfuss, at

To Remain in Good Standing, Triota members are expected to complete the following:

  • Membership dues (annual fee of $20 or semester fee of $10)
  • Regular attendance of Triota meetings (minimum of half of all Triota meetings and events)
  • Contribution to scholarship in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, which may include one of the following each year:

    1. Attendance of at least three public lectures or events hosted by the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;
    2. Assistance with the research of a faculty in the department;
    3. Completion of an honors-based project, which may include enrollment in an independent study or honors project course (3 credit hours), to be supervised by a faculty in the department.

Members of Triota are annually recognized at the department's annual Spring Celebration. Those graduating in good standing are eligible to receive honor chords and honor pins, which are included in membership fees.




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