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Delta Phi Epsilon
Founded March 17, 1917 (1917-03-17) (92 years ago)
New York University Law School, (New York City)
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Esse Quam Videri
To Be Rather Than To Seem To Be
Colors      Royal Purple

     Pure Gold

Symbol Unicorn
Flower Purple Iris
Jewel Pearl
Publication Triad
Philanthropy Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation

Chapters 70 Active
Headquarters 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.



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". 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 45,000 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 by embracing our founding principles of Dedication, Pride, and Excellence.


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

Active Chapters

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 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 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
Epsilon Phi Philadelphia University 1989
Epsilon Chi William Paterson University 1989
Epsilon Psi Millersville University 1989
Alpha Alpha West Chester University 1989
Alpha Epsilon Kennesaw State 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 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 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
Delta Nu Temple University 2009
Gamma Zeta Webster University 2009


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 through research, grants, and awareness campaigns. Tate's Totes are bags filled with various items that make an extended hospital stay more comfortable for children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their parents. Tate's Totes are given to local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Care Centers to distribute to patients. At Convention 2006, Delta Phi Epsilon announced its official partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This official partnership cements a relationship that spans the last 48 years, in which Delta Phi Epsilon has raised more than one million dollars for the fight to cure CF.[2] To support this partnership and build service in our sisterhood, all chapters are encouraged to participate in the Tate's Totes philanthropy project.

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]

Notable alumnae


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