1917 to 1977 to Now
Delta Phi Epsilon was founded in 1917 by five women at NYU Law School. Our founders, affectionately called The DIMES, bonded over the values of justice, sisterhood, and love and recognized the empowering qualities of a sorority. Delta Phi Epsilon came to Emory in 1977, and for the past 43 years, our sisters have been active all over campus representing each other and our values.
To support our sisters in achieving their personal goals and to cultivate well-rounded women, Delta Phi Epsilon provides a program for every member. This program is called the Personal Enrichment Activities for Responsible Living, or PEARL Program. Delta Phi Epsilon has recognized five areas of development to help cultivate dynamic women in order to create a nurturing and fulfilling environment among each chapter. These five areas are known as the five S's: Scholarship, Sisterhood, Social, Service, and Self. Each active sister must complete different activities from each area to earn PEARLs during the academic school year.
Delta Phi Epsilon recognizes academics as a priority and aims to enhance the college mission by providing information and assistance on educational concerns, intellectual development, career preparation, and lifestyle planning. Workshops in this area should include: time management; study skills; using campus resources (career center, learning center, library, etc.); cultural and fine arts events; faculty dinner speakers; literary reviews/debates; resume writing and interviewing skills; social skills for business; balancing family and career; and goal setting for personal advancement.
A strong sorority experience involves mutual friendship, support between members, and activities that increase the bonds of sisterhood. Spending time with sisters is vital to our sisterly bonds. Events in this area include: Retreats and sisterhood activities with planned educational programs to increase communication skills and the understanding of sorority values could also be included in this area. Every week, we hold several activities where sisters can hang out together and learn about each other.
Delta Phi Epsilon aims to develop women who will be contributing members of society. Service Pearl Experiences should be designed to expose members to relevant societal issues and provide opportunities to make a positive impact within as well as outside of the sorority. Service Pearl Experiences are designed to encourage members to continue their involvement in philanthropic and community events after college. Activities should include: Fundraising for Delta Phi Epsilon's philanthropies and other philanthropic organizations; community service projects; and participation in campus service programs.
By promoting positive self-awareness and providing opportunities for self discovery, your sorority involvement will help you develop individual strength, establish a personal set of values, and clarify your purpose as a student and member. Self pearl experiences should focus on developing physical and mental well-being. Workshops should include: personal fitness; nutrition; managing stress and anxiety; women's health issues; body image; self-esteem; personal safety; personal values and spirituality; promoting personal creativity and risk taking; and maintaining a positive balance.
Delta Phi Epsilon sisters can be found all over campus! DPhiE recognizes the importance of essential social and communication skills in the workplace and in life. Social pearls can be earned by interacting with other Greek and non-Greek organizations as well as exploring new experiences to broaden perspectives.