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"To be rather than to seem to be."
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March 17, 1917


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Delta Phi Epsilon was founded at New York University Law School on March 17, 1917, making it the first sorority founded at a professional school. The five founders, who were all Jewish, decided to start the sisterhood after being denied participation in any of the other local sororities due to their religion. Delta Phi Epsilon is one of the first non-sectarian sororities for this reason.

Delta Phi Epsilon came to MIT on December 14, 2015, making it the newest sorority on campus. The motto of DPhiE is ‘esse quam videri’ which means ‘to seem rather than to seem to be’ and our 29 founders – though we have vastly different backgrounds – all identified with the mission of being true to yourself. Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon strive to help each other become the best version of themselves that they can be. After gaining 11 new members in the spring of 2016, we are excited to watch our sisterhood continue to grow and flourish on MIT’s campus.

Wherever you go on MIT’s campus, you can find a DPhiE, from classes and academic clubs to sports and performance activities. (Look out for us – we are smiling and full of energy!) Our sisters demonstrate our founding principles of justice, sisterhood, and love in all that they do, whether it be by holding leadership positions in their extracurriculars or by always being the first volunteer. This investment in making MIT a better place, for whatever we are passionate in, helps make our sisterhood rich and exciting to be a part of.

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