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About the Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority


Our mission is to provide a sisterhood experience rich with tradition, innovation and opportunities for growth.



Our vision is that we inspire and empower our sisterhood to engage in a lifetime of leadership and service.



Delta Phi Epsilon was formed “for the purpose of promoting good fellowship among sorority women… to help… in acquiring knowledge, appreciation, and discriminating judgment and a true feeling of sisterly love through the interaction of sympathetic and friendly natures.



Esse Quam Videri

“To be rather than to seem to be” 



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Delta Phi Epsilon was founded on March 17, 1917 at NYU Law School 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.  Delta Phi Epsilon develops a social consciousness and commitment to think and act for the greater good.  We assure the continuous development and achievement for women by embracing our founding principles of justice, sisterhood and love.


Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority has identified five areas of development and personal growth among our members which cultivate a well-rounded and balanced woman. These areas are known as our five S's - Scholarship, Self, Service, Sisterhood, and Social.  Every active undergraduate member of DPhiE is expected to complete 21 PEARLs (or activities) each academic year. The purpose behind this is so that she can intentionally engage in activities that fulfill areas of each of the five S's. By the end of the year, each woman will complete at least four PEARL's associated with each S, in addition to a Personal Development Pearl (PDP).  The PDP is a long-term goal that a sister will work on over the course of the year.  PDPs are focused around something that a sister wants to personally improve upon in her life. Examples of this would be learning to play an instrument, learning another language, train for a marathon at the end of the year, or perform in a community theater production.  The possibilities are unique for each sister to support her in becoming the woman she wants to be.


Sisters receive the support and encouragement of her chapter's Vice President of Membership Development and/or PEARL Coordinator as she works on completing her PEARL requirements.


Organizational Knowledge and Skills



Physical, Emotional, and Personal Development


Academic, Career, and Lifestyle Skills and Planning



Communication, Leadership and Social Development


Community, Societal Awareness, and Involvement

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About the Beta Omega Chapter

The Beta Omega Chapter was colonized at St. John's University on April 26, 1996 as the Zeta Colony and later chartered on April 18, 1998.  Our 24 founding mothers sought to fulfill the need they had for the values our sorority now represents: Dedication, Pride, Excellence, Justice, Sisterhood and Love.  A group of ambitious women, united in the belief that the need for a sisterhood that would showcase how strong they were as individuals, came together and committed themselves to the task.  Through Delta Phi Epsilon, the founding mothers found their opportunity for personal growth and development.  Today, the Beta Omega Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon is over 500 sisters strong and prides itself as the only sorority to achieve Panhellenic sorority of the year at St. John's three times in a row.

The St. John's Delta Phi Epsilon recognized by the Panhellenic Council.  The Panhellenic Council aims to advance the women’s organizations of NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) through their commitment to personal growth by underwriting initiatives that launch and sustain women leaders.

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Our Symbols and Insignas


Our colors are royal purple and pure gold.

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In ancient times, a family crest was often used as a flag to publicly display pride in their identity. Our crest has deep significance to initiated members of Delta Phi Epsilon.


Our flower is the lovely purple iris, which also dons our colors.


Greek Letters

The Greek alphabet letters of Delta Phi Epsilon are shown above. The letter for delta is commonly seen as a triangle. This has extra significance to our members as the equilateral triangle is our symbol.


Our official jewel can be found on our sisterhood badge. The pearl is also a symbol of the Sorority’s membership development program.


Seen as a symbol of what is good and pure in the world, the unicorn is our official mascot.

Our Five DIMES

Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman
Eve Effron Robin
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Ida Bienstock Landau
Sylvia Steierman Cohn
Minna Goldsmith Mahler





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