Welcome to the Zeta Delta chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at MIT! We are the newest sorority on campus and were chartered on December 11th, 2015. Forty amazing women comprise our Founding and Alpha classes. Our members hail from every corner of campus, with at least one woman from each dormitory. We are a diverse group with strong ideals and big hearts. While most women join sororities during their first semester of college, our founders spanned all four class years and already belonged to many communities around MIT. We joined because we felt that DPhiE had something to offer us that we had not yet found at MIT. The decision to join varies from person to person. For some people, it’s all about finding a sense of belonging — a community of people who are there to support you and grow with you. For others, it’s about living by DPhiE’s motto, Esse Quam Videri — “to be, rather than to seem to be,” and its values: Justice, Sisterhood, and Love. In other words, many of us joined for a healthy environment in which we are empowered to achieve our personal best. And of course, many join for the opportunity to lead and do more good. Together, we are able to achieve so much more than we could alone. We strive to raise awareness and fundraise for our philanthropies, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation (EF). But we are also involved with local community service, often partnering with other groups on campus. Lastly, being a part of DPhiE allows you the opportunity to practice leadership as part of our sorority. There is a way for everyone to be involved, and our members have shown immense dedication to the growth and strengthening of our sisterhood.
I lost my first community at MIT after my freshman year dorm, Bexley Hall, was closed. When I pledged to DPhiE as a founder, it was for the values and ideals of the sorority, as well as my longing for a group that felt like home. In record time, I could not believe how comfortable and included I felt amongst my future sisters. All of a sudden, I was part of this caring and supportive group of women, all different and each with so much to offer. I went from feeling alone and lost to secure and motivated. DPhiE impacts each of us in a different way, but there is no doubt that the effect will be positive one.
Still being relatively new, I believe we are in a unique position to shape our chapter’s future. We are thrilled to be planning our first 65 Roses Gala in support of CFF, which we hope will become our signature event. This event, along with our annual Be-YOU-tiful week in support of ANAD, and a number of other fundraising events for our own chapter and the DPhiE EF allow us to put justice in action in very meaningful ways. Weekly study breaks, casual dinner parties, impromptu movie nights, and sisterhood retreats keep us connected on a personal level throughout the semester. When you join DPhiE, you join a community of extremely kind, intelligent, righteous women, not just at MIT but around the world. As a sister, you are never truly alone; there is always someone there to listen, to help, and to share a moment with. DPhiE has truly become a home away from home.
I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about our sisterhood. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Zeta Delta Chapter President