On March 17, 1917, five courageous women–Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, Ida Bienstock Landau, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eva Effron Robin, and Sylvia Steierman Cohn–attending New York University School of Law could not find a social group accepting of all backgrounds. So they formed Delta Phi Epsilon with the purpose of accepting all races and religions, creating one of the first non-sectarian social sororities. Since our founding over 100 years ago, we have grown into a thriving organization with over 67,000 initiated members, representing 109 chapters located across the United States and Canada.
Delta Phi Epsilon was founded on the principles of Justice, Sisterhood and Love. These principles, as well as the motto “to be rather than to seem to be,” built a foundation for the organization that DPhiE has become. Today, our sorority stays true to our founding. Members find more than a home or friendship in DPhiE; we find empowerment to live authentic and purposeful lives. Through pursuing membership in Delta Phi Epsilon, women have been able to become the leaders that they always dreamed of being. No matter what you aspire to be, DPhiE will give you the tools you need to get there as well as countless support from your sisters during your journey.