Delta Phi Epsilon (social)

Delta Phi Epsilon (social)
Delta Phi Epsilon
Founded March 17, 1917 (1917-03-17) (94 years ago)
New York University School of Law, (New York City)
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Esse Quam Videri
To Be Rather Than To Seem To Be
Symbol Unicorn
Flower The Lovely Purple Iris
Jewel Pearl
Publication Triad
Chapters 75 Active
Headquarters Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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 create a secret society composed of these women based upon their good moral character, regardless of nationality or have distinct chapters at various colleges".[cite this quote] 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 the first non-sectarian social sorority founded at a professional school.[citation needed]

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").[citation needed]

Active chapters


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Notable alumnae

See also


External links

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