Delta Phi Epsilon (social)
|Delta Phi Epsilon|
|Founded||March 17, 1917|
New York University School of Law
|Motto||Esse Quam Videri |
To Be Rather Than To Seem To Be
|Colors||Royal Purple Pure Gold|
|Headquarters||251 S. Camac Street|
Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦΕ or DPhiE) is an international sorority founded on March 17, 1917 at New York University Law School in Manhattan. It is one of 26 social sororities that form the National Panhellenic Conference. It has 109 active chapters, two of which are located in Canada, making the sorority an international organization. The current international executive director is Nicole DeFeo (Phi Tau- Rutgers University-Camden).
On March 17, 1917, at the New York University School of Law, Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, Ida Bienstock Landau, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eve 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. They could not find a membership accepting of all backgrounds so they formed Delta Phi Epsilon with the purpose of accepting all races and religions—one of the first non-sectarian, social sororities to do so.
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 country...to create a secret society composed of these women based upon their good moral character, regardless of nationality or creed...to have distinct chapters at various colleges".
Five years later, in 1922, Delta Phi Epsilon was officially incorporated under the state laws of New York and became an international sorority by creating a chapter of the organization at McGill University in Canada. Currently there are more than 67,000 members of Delta Phi Epsilon. The current international president of Delta Phi Epsilon is Stacy Segal (Psi-University of Georgia).
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").
Delta Phi Epsilon is partnered with several international philanthropies via its Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, established in 1966 to honor Delta Phi Epsilon's Golden Anniversary, 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 initiatives.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation aids those with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) through research, grants, and awareness campaigns. Founded by Phyllis Kossoff, a member of the sorority's Delta chapter at Hunter College, and other concerned parents, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation became the leader in raising funding for research and raising awareness for the disease. At the sorority's December 1957 Convention, Phyllis petitioned her sisters to have the sorority adopt CFF as its official philanthropy. Chapters across North America raise money and awareness. Many chapters host a fundraising event known as Deepher Dude which is a male dance competition. Some chapters fill 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. Tate's Totes was started by past International President Donna Von Bruening (Sigma Chapter at Ohio State University) shortly after taking office, after her nephew Tate had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Other chapters host 65 Roses Gala events. Sixty-five roses is significant to CF children since the word "cystic fibrosis" is difficult for a child to say. Since 1957, Delta Phi Epsilon has raised millions of dollars for CFF. At the 2016 International Leadership Forum, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority gave their largest single donation to date of $471,060.
The sorority's other philanthropic partner is the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, which provides resources and education to fight anorexia and other eating disorders. Each chapter sponsors an annual candlelight vigil and an eating disorder awareness week on their campus to increase awareness of eating disorders and provide information to family and friends of sufferers.
As with all National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities, women may join Delta Phi Epsilon if they attend as an undergraduate a university with an active chapter from which they receive a membership offer. Before graduation, the sorority's programming focuses on five areas: sisterhood, scholarship, self, service, and social. After graduation, the programming for alumnae moves to five other areas: character, civic, cultural, connection, career.
- Stephanie Abrams (Delta Kappa) – Meteorologist for The Weather Channel
- Barbara Aronstein Black (Phi) – First woman to head an Ivy League law school
- Barbara Boxer (Phi) – U.S. Senator, California
- Susan Davis (Delta Zeta) – U.S. Representative, 53rd District, California
- Lee Ducat (Nu) – Founder of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
- Jackie Goldberg (Delta Zeta) – California State Assembly, 45th District
- Judith Heumann (Upsilon) – Former Assistant Secretary Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services, US Department of Education (Clinton Administration)
- Ofira Navon (Psi) – Former First Lady of Israel
- Judith Rodin (Nu) – First female president of an Ivy League university
- Jan Schakowsky (Rho) – U.S. Congresswoman, 9th District, Illinois
- Susan Polis Schutz (Delta Sigma) – Poet, Creator of Blue Mountain greeting cards
- Aimee Boorman, Head coach of the United States Women's Gymnastics team at the 2016 summer olympics
- Meredith Eaton – Actor who stars in multiple CBS shows including NCIS, NCIS New Orleans and Macgyver
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