Delta Phi Epsilon (social)
|Delta Phi Epsilon|
March 17, 1917|
New York University School of Law, (New York City)
|Vision statement||Mobilizing dynamic women to influence and impact communities.|
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|
251 S. Camac Street|
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. It has 106 active chapters, one of which is located in Canada at Concordia University, making the sorority international.
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 was the first non-sectarian social sorority 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 55,000 members of Delta Phi Epsilon. The current international president of Delta Phi Epsilon is Tricia Carlin of the Delta Sigma chapter.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
Delta Phi Epsilon is the first national sorority to pledge their regular support to ANAD.
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:
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:
- Stephanie Abrams (Delta Kappa) - Meteorologist for The Weather Channel
- Peggy Bernheim (Omega) - Former Judge/Administrator, New York Civil Court
- 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
- Linda Gordon (Delta Eta) - Former Service Editor of Glamour Magazine
- Judith Heumann (Upsilon) - Former Assistant Secretary Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services, US Department of Education (Clinton Administration)
- Phyllis Kossoff (Delta) - Co-Founder of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation
- Minna Mahler (Alpha) - Former United Nations Observer, State of New Jersey, UN Speaker's Bureau
- Ofira Navon (Psi) - Former First Lady of Israel
- Judith Nierenberg Frank (Delta Zeta) - California Community Planner
- Judith Rodin (Nu) - First female president of an Ivy League university
- Ruth B. Roufberg (Delta) - Author of Children's Craft Books
- Jan Schakowsky (Rho) - U.S. Congresswoman, 9th District, Illinois
- Susan Polis Schutz (Delta Sigma) - Poet, Creator of Blue Mountain greeting cards
- Melvynne Sommers (Iota) - Founder of Save our Seniors (SOS) in Miami, Florida
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