On March 17th, 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, one of the first non-sectarian, social sororities and the only sorority founded at a professional school. Five years later, on March 17, 1922, Delta Phi Epsilon was formally incorporated under laws of the State of New York. Today, there are now more than 55,000 members, with chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Our members, both undergraduate and alumnae, are recognized for excellence in scholarship, service, and leadership. Each year on March 17th, active sisters and alumnae celebrate Founders Day, honoring the original five members of the Alpha chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon. Our five founders, Minna Goldsmith Mahler, Eva Effron Robin, Ida Bienstock Landau, Sylvia Steierman Cohn, and Dorothy Cohen Schwartzman, are known as the DIMES. These five young law students saw Delta Phi Epsilon as a sisterhood to "Promote good fellowship among the women students, among the various colleges in the country...to create a secret society composed of these women based upon their good moral character, regardless of nationality or creed." Delta Phi Epsilon has established it's motto to be "Esse Quam Videri" meaning, "to be rather than to seem to be." The women of Delta Phi Epsilon embrace this motto by striving to be their best selves in everything that they do and by working to better themselves each and everyday.