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Delta Phi Epsilon
Founded March 17, 1917; 100 years ago (1917-03-17)
New York University Law School, (New York City)
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Esse Quam Videri
To Be Rather Than To Seem To Be

     Royal Purple

     Pure Gold
Symbol Unicorn
Flower The Lovely Purple Iris
Jewel Pearl
Publication Triad

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation
Chapters 75 Active
Headquarters 251 S. Camac Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Website http://www.dphie.org/

Delta Phi Epsilon (ΔΦΕ or DPhiE) is an international sorority founded on March 17, 1917 at New York University Law School in New York City. It is one of 26 social sororities that form the National Panhellenic Conference.


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. 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". 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 Delta Phi Epsilon was one of the first non-sectarian social sororities and the only one founded at a professional school.

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 50,000 members of Delta Phi Epsilon.[1]

The current international president of Delta Phi Epsilon is Michelle Gilboy of the Phi Gamma chapter.[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").


Delta Phi Epsilon develops a social consciousness and a commitment to think and act for the greater good. We assure continuous development and achievement for women through individual attention and smart strategic growth.


Setting the standard for sisterhood in an ever-changing world.

Active chapters[edit]

Chapter School Charter Date
Alpha New York University, Washington Sqr Campus 1917
Eta University of Pittsburgh 1925
Omega University of Miami 1939
Delta Eta University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 1954
Delta Iota Queens College, City University of New York 1955
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 Tau Rutgers University-Camden 1984
Phi Chi University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1983
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 LaSalle 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 1988
Epsilon Tau Bentley College 1988
Alpha Delta Seton Hall University 1989
Alpha Epsilon Kennesaw State University 1989
Epsilon Phi Philadelphia University 1989
Epsilon Chi William Paterson University 1989
Epsilon Psi Millersville 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 Nu State University of New York at New Paltz 1989
Alpha Gamma Florida International University 1989
Alpha Tau Winona State University 1990
Alpha Kappa Fairleigh Dickinson University – Madison 1990
Alpha Mu University of Michigan–Dearborn 1990
Alpha Pi Southern Connecticut State University 1990
Alpha Omega Long Island University C.W. Post Campus/State University of New York at Old Westbury (extension) 1991
Alpha Psi Lawrence Technological University 1991
Alpha Chi Bloomsburg University 1991
Alpha Phi Ramapo College of New Jersey 1991
Alpha Upsilon Johnson & Wales University 1991
Alpha Rho Pace University 1991
Alpha Sigma St. Francis University 1991
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 1992
Beta Xi The College of New Jersey 1993
Beta Lambda University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 1993
Beta Mu Rowan University 1994
Beta Nu Wesley College 1993
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
Delta Epsilon Drexel University 2003
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 Kappa Capital University 2011


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.

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.[2]

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.[2]

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


New York University is fortunate to state that they founded the first Delta Phi Epsilon in 1917. According to the New York University Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon their main purpose, action, and aim is to develop a social awareness, strategic growth, and to find the greater good and strength in women. Every woman in this sorority will develop an individual identity within themselves that will contribute to being apart of the sisterhood. The Delta Phi Epsilon at NYU states, ""for the purpose of promoting good fellowship among sorority women...to help...in acquiring knowledge, appreciation, discriminating judgment, and a true feeling of sisterly love through the interaction of sympathetic and friendly natures."

Southern Connecticut State University also has a Delta Phi Epsilon Alpha Pi Chapter. The Southern Connecticut chapter has similar goals to the New York University Chapter. Southern's chapter is filled with strong, determined, diverse women who use their talents to better themselves in their academics, as well as, in their future career goals. Delta Phi Epsilon provides plenty of opportunities for the members to get involved to become compelling students leaders around campus. The Delta Phi Epsilon at Southern Connecticut, hold coordinator and Leadership Team positions within sorority along with being involved in Greek Life Council, Residence Hall Association, SCSU TV, Programs Council and working with students as peer mentors and Community Coordinators/Advisors. Their vision is setting the standard for Sisterhood in an ever-changing world.

University of Florida talks about their Delta Kappa chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon within this chapter they all share common goals but at University of Florida they take pride in their sisterhood and the individual characteristics of their members. They take pride is contributing to the community, maintaing the highest grade point average, while making time fore leisure. University of Florida believes the members are aspired to be the leaders they dreamed of and nothing is too hard to accomplish being a Delta Phi Epsilon. Every sister is valuable and Delta Phi Epsilon will always provide each member with and endless bond through your journey.


Delta Phi Epsilon has many steps and procedures they take in order to be an active sorority for each university. The Delta Phi Epsilon from New York University, Southern Connecticut State University, and University of Florida all follow the PEARL Program process, which helps cultivate, shape, and mold a potential woman. The 5 S's in these areas are Sisterhood, Self, Scholarship, Social, and Service. Each member has to complete a total of 21 PEARLs (activities) throughout their academic term. Each activity they do has to contribute to the 5 S's that are listed. Each member will complete every part of the PEARL to understand the basics of being a well-rounded woman. Another aspect of the PEARL is called Personal Development Pearl (PDP). Personal Development Pearl is steps that members will have to learn over a course of a year. There are long and short term procedures to be a member of Delta Phi Epsilon. Personal Development Pearl focuses on something personal a member would like to develop within themselves. For examples if a member wants to learn another language, play an instrument, perform on stage, or train for a marathon. Nothing is impossible when you have countless Delta Phi Epsilon sisters.

PEARL Program[edit]

Sisterhood (Organizational, Knowledge, and Skills): In order to function as a Delta Phi Epsilon each member has to demonstrate a positive attitude within them and in a group setting. Each sister has to be able to tell why they are apart of the Greek Life and understand the rules and regulations of the sorority. Each sister should be confident enough to lead one another to pure excellence with this sorority. A strong sorority experiences involves mutual friendship, support, and activities that will build an indestructible bond between sisters.

Scholarship (Academic, Career and Lifestyle Skills and Planning): A university is designed to physically and mentally prepare a student to function as educated and productive members of their profession and within society. Therefore an education is essential to maintain when apart of this sorority. Delta Phi Epsilon acknowledges academics as a priority and aims to enhance the college mission by providing information and assistance on educational concerns, intellectual development, career preparation, and life style planning. This sorority participates in workshops that helps develop: study skills, campus resources, speakers, time management, and balancing personal and career goals. Delta Phi Epsilon highly recommends a member to research experts and invite them to the work shops to guide them through information and ideas they may not have knowledge in.

Service (Community, Societal Awareness and Involvement): Community and social service is essential in this sorority. All members need to constructively contribute to relevant societal issues and provide provide opportunities to make a positive impact within as well as outside of the sorority. Throughout the Delta Phi Epsilon membership sisters have the opportunity to discover new involvements and create important issues all around the community. Your membership should be fun and entertaining, which encourages you to continue their involvement in philanthropic and community events after college. Activities that are vital to being a member include: Fundraising for Delta Phi Epsilon's philanthropies, community service projects, and participating in campus service programs. Invited experts speakers to talk about long-term issues such as: AIDS, women's involvement in politics, and scientific discoveries such as, (pollution, global warming, toxic waste management etc.). Speakers from the organization such as: United Way, League of Women Voters, and community service campaigns and other non-profit organizations provide useful information to keep listeners aware.

Social (Communication, Leadership and Social Development): Social Pearl provides each individual with communication and leadership experience and the ability to work within a diverse environment. This sections of the PEARL is designed to assist college graduates with knowledge and experiences of social skills to effectively participate in small, large or one-on-one groups situations. Members should use the social PEARL to explore the nature of diversity, multiculturalism, gender, and leadership growth. A member should propose workshops to accomplish the skills of listening, speaking, conflict resolution, leadership training, handling difficult social issues. A workshop can also involve other Greek organizations to make a bigger contribution to the social issues.

Self (Physical, Emotional and Personal Development): Self PEARL provides each individual with self-confidence. College is a time to mature from being an adolescent and growth into a beautiful woman. A member should challenge themselves physically and mentally and expand personal development. The sorority is designed to assist you personally and provide you with guaranteed strength and support. Self PEARL promotes positive self-awareness and providing opportunities for self-discovery, your sorority involvement will help you develop individual strength, establish a personal set of values, and clarify your purpose as a student and a member. A member should provide workshops that include: Personal fitness, stress management, body and woman issues, procrastination, personal safety and values or maintaing a positive balance.


Different Universities that Delta Phi Epsilon is associated with have many different accomplishment and awards that they achieve each year. Southern Connecticut State University awards the sisters with Sister on the month awards to show their love and appreciation for each member. This University also states they are more than a social group they are socially active. They are more than students, They are leaders. They are more than friends, they are sisters forever. They are more than just a sorority, they are Delta Phi Epsilon. Southern Connecticut State University abides by this catchy slogan so that every member of Delta Phi Epsilon states motivated and focused.

The Delta Phi Epsilon at the University of Florida hold the highest grade point average throughout the year. They reward each member for their outstanding accomplishments and their hard work. Each sister that receives an A on an exam are placed in a raffled for a pair of "smarty pants" with the Delta Phi Epsilon symbol on them. They also reward and encourage all the members who are apart of the executive board to continue to succeed in positions such as: Student Government Senate President, Student Government Senators, Executive Director of Gator Health & Safety, Director of Public Relations for Florida Blue Key, and Homecoming & Gator Growl Staff.

At New York University they strive to uphold excellence during the Greek and New York University (NYU) community. Awards they receive each year include: Overall Sorority of the Year: 1994-2007, 2009-2011

Outstanding New Member Program: 1993-1996, 1998-2002, 2005-2006, 2010-2011;

Outstanding Membership Development/Sisterhood: 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002-2006, 2010-2011;

Outstanding Scholarship Program: 1996, 1998-2000, 2002-2005, 2009;

Outstanding Programming of the Year: 2009, 2011;

Outstanding Community Service/Relations: 1991, 1997, 2001-2003, 2005;

Greek Night: 1st Place: 2003-2005, 2008-2010; 2nd Place: 2001, 2007;

President’s Award for Programming: 1994, 2000, 2009

Members that hold an active position apart of the Executive Board are also awarded. The awards they receive include: Chapter President of the Year Awards, Outstanding Leader of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year, and Greek Woman of the Year. Every aspects of being a member and contributing to the community are acknowledged. Members of Delta Phi Epsilon are rewarded with National Convention Awards; they received awards like Most Active Chapter on Campus, Ethel Schonfeld Gerson Community Service Cup, Panhellenic Involvement, Programming Award for Alcohol, and The Triangle Plaque. The members apart of Delta Phi Epsilon are very proud to be recognized each year for their outstanding achievements and continue to show complete excellence within themselves and their sorority. The sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon at University of New York are also involved in many different internships. Internships help broaden the minds of the member and shows constant contribution to the community. It is very hard to balance an internship while having other work, school, and a member of Delta Phi Epsilon. The members that are apart of internships are extremely driven because there's a wide variety of internships ranging from finance to fashion to non-profits. Internships include: Lauren Fishman Events, Teen Vogue, Seeds of Africa Foundation, various law firms, etc.

Notable alumnae[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Who We Are...The Founding of Delta Phi Epsilon". Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Together We Can!". Delta Phi Epsilon. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Delta Phi Epsilon holds ANAD Vigil". The Stute. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Distinguished DPhiEs". Delta Phi Epsilon. Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 

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