Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded on October, 1909 by seven Jewish women at Barnard College in New York City. Helen Phillips, Ida Beck, Rose Gerstein, Augustina "Tina" Hess, Lee Reiss, Rose Salmowitz and Stella Strauss had a dream of forming a sorority where exceptional women of all backgrounds, religions, interests, and beliefs would be welcome.
In 1934, founder Augustina "Tina" Hess described the reasons for founding Alpha Epsilon Phi:
"We wanted a group of girls chosen not because of any special scholastic preeminence, financial circumstances or other arbitrary standards, but a group who had common interests and were dominated by the ideals of true friendship."
Alpha Epsilon would endeavor to foster everlasting friendship and sisterhood, academics, social involvement, and community service, all while providing a home away from home for its members.
The dream that was born in a dorm room in 1909 continues to succeed, prosper and thrive at over fifty college and university campuses nationwide. Alpha Epsilon Phi welcomes hundreds of new members each year and seeks not only to live up to the ideals and goals of its original founders, but also to exceed and build upon them.
The Alpha Delta Chapter was founded at the University of Washington in 1932 and closed in 1987. After a twenty three year absence, the National organization, local alumnae, and the Panhellenic community brought Alpha Epsilon Phi back onto the UW campus. On May 10, 2010, Alpha Epsilon Phi recolonized on campus and worked to build a strong foundation of sisterhood and excellence and hoped to reinstate its charter with Nationals. On May 21, 2016, the colony regained its charter and is no longer a colony, but once again is the Alpha Delta chaper of Alpha Epsilon Phi!
October 24, 1909
Barnard College, NYC, NY
Multa Corda, Una Causa
Many Hearts, One Purpose
Above All Else
Green and White
Lily of the Valley
SOME PHAMOUS PHIS:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg- Kappa, Cornell University, Supreme Court Justice
Lauren Weisberger-Kappa, Cornell University, Author of "The Devil Wears Prada"
Erica Hill- Alpha Chi, Boston University, Anchor on NBC and formerly on CBS and CNN
Elizabeth Meyer Glaser- Sigma, University of Wisconsin, Co-founder of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Lillian Copeland- Xi, University of Southern California, Olympic Gold Medalist