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Delta Phi Epsilon (social)

Delta Phi Epsilon
Founded March 17, 1917 (1917-03-17)
New York University School of Law, (New York City)
Type Social
Scope International
Mission statement To provide a sisterhood experience rich with tradition, innovation and opportunities for growth.
Vision statement Mobilizing dynamic women to influence and impact communities.
Motto Esse Quam Videri
To Be Rather Than To Seem To Be
Colors      Royal Purple      Pure Gold
Symbol The DPhiE Crest, Unicorn
Flower The Lovely Purple Iris
Jewel Pearl
Mascot Unicorn
Publication The Triad
Chapters 106 Active
Headquarters 251 S. Camac Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Homepage .org.dphiewww

Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦΕ or DPhiE) is an international sorority founded on March 17, 1917 at New York University Law School in Manhattan.[1] It is one of 26 social sororities that form the National Panhellenic Conference.[2] It has 106 active chapters, one of which is located in Canada at Concordia University, making the sorority international.


  • History 1
  • Active chapters 2
  • Philanthropies 3
  • The Five S's 4
  • The Five C's 5
  • Notable alumnae 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


On March 17, 1917, at the New York University School of Law, Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, Ida Bienstock Landau, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eva Effron Robin, and Sylvia Steierman Cohn made a pledge to each other to build a women's organization that would stand out from the rest.

Founders of Delta Phi Epsilon

These five women founded the Alpha chapter of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority to "promote good fellowship among the women students among the various colleges in the create a secret society composed of these women based upon their good moral character, regardless of nationality or have distinct chapters at various colleges".[1] Delta Phi Epsilon was the first non-sectarian social sorority founded at a professional school.[1]

Five years later, in 1922, Delta Phi Epsilon was officially incorporated under the state laws of McGill University in Canada. Currently there are more than 55,000 members of Delta Phi Epsilon.[1] The current international president of Delta Phi Epsilon is Tricia Carlin of the Delta Sigma chapter.[3]

Chapters, both undergraduate and alumnae, enjoy a distinguished reputation for scholarship, service, and leadership. Over three quarters of a century after Delta Phi Epsilon began, women still embrace the beliefs of the organization's founders by sharing sisterhood in their hearts and lives.[1]

With a continuing philosophy of faith in the inherent good judgment of the undergraduate membership, Delta Phi Epsilon has remained steadfast throughout its history; forward to the continued growth of a sisterhood which keeps pace with the ever changing nature of the collegiate world.[1]

Delta Phi Epsilon's flower is the Lovely Purple Iris, and its international mascot is the Unicorn. The sisterhood badge is an equilateral triangle in gold surrounded by 21 pearls, the jewel of the sorority. DPhiE's open motto is "Esse Quam Videri" (in Latin: "To be rather than to seem to be").[1]

Active chapters

Chapter College Charter Date
Alpha New York University (Washington Square Campus) 1917
Gamma Syracuse University 1922 original charter; 2013 re-charter
Eta University of Pittsburgh 1925
Lambda Adelphi University 1926
Omega University of Miami 1939 original charter; 1987 re-charter
Delta Delta Indiana University - Bloomington 1946 original charter; 2014 re-charter
Delta Epsilon Drexel University 1947 original charter; 2004 re-charter
Delta Eta University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 1954
Delta Iota Queens College, City University of New York 1955 original charter; 1990 re-charter
Delta Kappa University of Florida 1955
Delta Nu Temple University 1959
Delta Xi University of Maryland at College Park 1960
Delta Sigma Rider University 1962
Delta Omega Monmouth University 1967
Phi Gamma Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1968
Phi Eta Northeastern University 1969
Phi Lambda Emory University 1977
Phi Pi Widener University 1980
Phi Upsilon Robert Morris University 1982 original charter; 2012 re-charter
Phi Chi University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1983
Phi Tau Rutgers University-Camden 1984
Phi Psi Keene State College 1984
Epsilon Gamma Stevens Institute of Technology 1985
Epsilon Delta State University of New York at Binghamton 1985
Epsilon Epsilon State University of New York at Albany 1985
Epsilon Iota State University of New York at Geneseo 1986
Epsilon Zeta La Salle University 1986
Epsilon Eta State University of New York at Fredonia 1986
Epsilon Kappa State University of New York at Cortland 1987
Epsilon Lambda Michigan Technological University 1987
Epsilon Mu State University of New York at Brockport 1987
Epsilon Xi State University of New York at Oswego 1987
Epsilon Omicron Clarion University of Pennsylvania 1987
Epsilon Pi State University of New York at Plattsburgh 1988
Epsilon Upsilon Humboldt State University 1988
Epsilon Rho Hofstra University 1987
Epsilon Phi Philadelphia University 1989
Epsilon Chi William Paterson University 1989
Alpha Epsilon Kennesaw State University 1989
Alpha Alpha West Chester University 1989
Alpha Delta Seton Hall University 1989
Alpha Eta Montclair State University 1989
Alpha Lambda York College of Pennsylvania 1989
Alpha Gamma Florida International University 1989
Alpha Kappa Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityMadison, New Jersey 1990
Alpha Mu University of Michigan–Dearborn 1990
Alpha Pi Southern Connecticut State University 1990
Alpha Psi Lawrence Technological University 1991
Alpha Chi Bloomsburg University 1991
Alpha Phi Ramapo College of New Jersey 1991
Alpha Rho Pace University 1991
Alpha Sigma St. Francis University 1991
Alpha Tau Winona State University 1991
Alpha Upsilon Johnson & Wales University, main campus 1991 original charter; 2012 re-charter
Beta Iota St. Cloud State University 1992
Beta Theta Kean University 1992
Beta Eta New Jersey Institute of Technology 1992
Beta Beta University of the Sciences in Philadelphia 1991
Beta Xi The College of New Jersey 1993
Beta Lambda University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 1993
Beta Nu Wesley College 1993 original charter; 2010 re-charter
Beta Mu Rowan University 1994
Beta Pi Concordia University 1994
Beta Rho University of Illinois at Chicago 1994
Beta Tau Nova Southeastern University 1994
Beta Upsilon Rochester Institute of Technology 1995
Beta Phi Central Michigan University 1996
Beta Psi Brandeis University 1997
Beta Chi St. Norbert College 1997
Beta Omega St. John's University 1998
Gamma Alpha Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 1998
Gamma Beta Florida Atlantic University 2002
Gamma Gamma Schreiner University 2003
Gamma Delta Texas A&M University–Kingsville 2004
Gamma Epsilon University of New Haven 2007
Gamma Zeta Webster University 2009
Gamma Eta University at Buffalo 2010
Gamma Theta University of Connecticut 2010
Gamma Iota Bridgewater State University 2010
Gamma Kappa Capital University 2011
Gamma Lambda Caldwell College 2011
Gamma Mu Ferrum College 2011
Gamma Nu Shawnee State University 2012
Gamma Xi Rhode Island College 2012
Gamma Omicron Georgia Southern University 2012
Gamma Pi North Carolina Wesleyan College 2012
Gamma Rho University of Maine 2012
Gamma Sigma Tarleton State University 2013
Gamma Tau University of Toledo 2013
Gamma Upsilon Campbell University 2014
Gamma Phi St. Joseph's College 2014
Gamma Chi Southern Illinois University Carbondale 2014
Gamma Psi Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte Campus 2014
Gamma Omega University of North Georgia 2015
Zeta Alpha Tennessee Tech University 2015
Zeta Beta Truman State University 2015


Delta Phi Epsilon has three international philanthropies: the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.[4]

The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, established in 1967, helps to give members and their children the opportunity to further their education through scholarships, grants, and loans. The foundation also supports sorority education and volunteer training. The Harriette Hirsch Sisterhood Fund helps give financial support to sisters during time of family financial crisis and allows them to continue their education.[5]

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, helps benefit those with the genetic disease Cystic fibrosis (CF) through research, grants, and awareness campaigns. Delta Phi Epsilon fills tote bags, called Tate's Totes, with various items that make an extended hospital stay more comfortable for children with cystic fibrosis and their parents. These totes are then taken to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Care Centers for distribution. Supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1967 Delta Phi Epsilon has raised more than one million dollars for the foundation. In 2006 Delta Phi Epsilon announced its official partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.[6] Some chapters host a fundraising event known as Deepher Dude which is a male dance competition.

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) was created to help alleviate problems of anorexia and other eating disorders. Each Delta Phi Epsilon chapter sponsors an annual candlelight vigil on their campus to increase awareness of eating disorders and provide information to family and friends of sufferers.[7]

Delta Phi Epsilon is the first national sorority to pledge their regular support to ANAD.[8]

The Five S's

Delta Phi Epsilon has identified five areas of development and personal growth among members which cultivate a well-rounded and balanced woman. Each member uses these areas to support them in becoming the woman they want to be.These areas are known as the Five S's:[9]

  • Sisterhood
  • Scholarship
  • Self
  • Service
  • Social

The Five C's

Delta Phi Epsilon has identified five areas of development and personal growth among alumnae members which cultivate a well-rounded and balanced woman. With an ever-changing lifestyle, this program is flexible and relevant to life as a DPhiE Alumna. These areas are known as the Five C's:[10]

  • Character
  • Civic
  • Cultural
  • Connection
  • Career

Notable alumnae

  • Stephanie Abrams (Delta Kappa) - Meteorologist for The Weather Channel[11]
  • Peggy Bernheim (Omega) - Former Judge/Administrator, New York Civil Court[12]
  • Barbara Aronstein Black (Phi) - First woman to head an Ivy League law school[11]
  • Barbara Boxer (Phi) - U.S. Senator, California[11]
  • Susan Davis (Delta Zeta) - U.S. Representative, 53rd District, California[11]
  • Lee Ducat (Nu) - Founder of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation[12]
  • Jackie Goldberg (Delta Zeta) - California State Assembly, 45th District[11]
  • Linda Gordon (Delta Eta) - Former Service Editor of Glamour Magazine[12]
  • Judith Heumann (Upsilon) - Former Assistant Secretary Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services, US Department of Education (Clinton Administration)[13]
  • Phyllis Kossoff (Delta) - Co-Founder of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation[12]
  • Minna Mahler (Alpha) - Former United Nations Observer, State of New Jersey, UN Speaker's Bureau[12]
  • Ofira Navon (Psi) - Former First Lady of Israel[11]
  • Judith Nierenberg Frank (Delta Zeta) - California Community Planner[12]
  • Nancy Ratzan(Delta Kappa) - National President, National Council of Jewish Women
  • Judith Rodin (Nu) - First female president of an Ivy League university[11]
  • Ruth B. Roufberg (Delta) - Author of Children's Craft Books[12]
  • Jan Schakowsky (Rho) - U.S. Congresswoman, 9th District, Illinois[11]
  • Susan Polis Schutz (Delta Sigma) - Poet, Creator of Blue Mountain greeting cards[11]
  • Melvynne Sommers (Iota) - Founder of Save our Seniors (SOS) in Miami, Florida[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The Founding of DPhiE". Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Member Organizations". National Panhellenic Conference. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "International Governing Board". Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "About ANAD". Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Delta Phi Epsilon's Philanthropies". Alpha Rho chapter Delta Phi Epsilon Pace University. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cystic Fibrosis". Montclair State University Alpha Eta Chapter of DPhiE. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Delta Phi Epsilon Candlelight Vigil Packet" (PDF). The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Delta Phi Epsilons National Philanthropies". Delta Phi Epsilon Alpha Phi Chapter Ramapo College. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "The PEARL Program". About DPhiE. Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Alumnae Membership 101". News. Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Distinguished DPhiEs". Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Distinguished DPhiE Members". About DPhiE. Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Regional Oral History Office : Judith Heumann". University of California, Berkeley. 2004. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 

External links

  • Delta Phi Epsilon Website
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