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In March of 1917, five women at New York University Law School took a pledge of sisterhood and loyalty and so founded the Alpha Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon, the first non-sectarian, social sorority and the only one founded at a professional school. Social conscience and a willingness to think in terms of the common good to assure its members continuous development and achievement remain the foundation of the organization. 

Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eva Effron Robin, Ida Bienstock Landau, Sylvia Steierman Cohn and Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, five young law students saw Delta Phi Epsilon as a society 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..." with the motto Esse Quam Videri: to be rather than to seem to be. 

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Emory University's chapter was founded in 1977 upon these same values. Since then, it has grown to include over 100 members who uphold the ideals set forth by their founding sisters. Our women are proud members of the Emory community and aspire to achieve the highest academic, social and civic goals. Each one of our sisters is unique and brings her own contribution to our organization. We believe that diversity is essential for personal development, so we encourage our members to be true to themselves at all times in other to learn from each other.

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