Mission Statement

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 by embracing our founding principles of Justice, Sisterhood, and Love.

The Five S's of Delta Phi Epsilon

Sisterhood: Organization knowledge and skills

Scholarship: Academic, Career, Lifestyle Skills and Planning

Service: Community and Societal Awareness and Involvement

Social: Communication, Leadership, and Social Development

Self: Physical, Emotional, and Personal Development

Each semester every sister is required to complete 10 pearls (2 sisterhood, 2 scholarship, etc.) in order to be in good standing with the sorority and be able to participate in all social events. Once a year a sister is required to complete a Personal Development Pearl (PDP) in order to reach the total of 21 pearls per year.

Founding Sisters

Five brave women founded Delta Phi Epsilon, they are: Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eva Effron Robin, Ida Bienstock Landau, Sylvia Steierman Cohn, and Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman.  These five young law students saw that DPhiE was to "promote good fellowship among the women students among 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."  They also came up with our motto: Esse Quam Videri, which means, to be rather than to seem to be. 

All of this information plus more can be found at:http://www.dphie.org/general/index.shtml

International History

Delta Phi Epsilon was established on March 17, 1917 at New York University Law School.  Five women, call the Dimes, founded the Alpha Chapter of DPhiE, the first non-sectarian, social sorority.  DPhiE is the only sorority founded at a professional school.  Five years later on march 17, 1922, DPhiE was officially incorporated under laws of the State of New York .  Delta Phi Epsilon became an international sorority when the first Canadian chapter opened at McGill University in Montreal Quebec .  The sorority now has more than 25,000 members with chapters throughout America and Canada.

Delta Phi Epsilon was formed 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 ."