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Triota Honor Society


2015 Triota Honor Society Brunch (ten of the twenty-eight inductees)

The Alpha Chapter of Iota Iota Iota (a.k.a. Triota) at Metropolitan State College of Denver held its first induction ceremony in the fall of 1992 in order to recognize the academic achievements of students in Gender and Women’s Studies. Iota Iota Iota strives to maintain the feminist values central to Gender and Women’s Studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and a celebration of the diversity of women’s experiences.

Triota takes its name from the initial “I” in the names of three ancient goddesses: 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.


Six of the twenty-one GWS graduating seniors with Director Jody Lisberger and Professor Donna Hughes

Initiation Ceremony

Do you promise to serve the mission of Iota Iota Iota:
…To encourage and support scholarship and excellence in women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island.
…To promote an interest in women’s studies, research in social problems affecting all women, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the condition of all people.

I now pronounce you members of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Iota Iota Iota.

Triota is not currently recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. In order for us to gain this recognition, we must sustain 10 chapters across 3 regions of the country for 5 years.


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