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Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority was founded at Barnard College by seven Jewish women on October 24, 1909. Our Founders’ goal was to create a sorority that would foster lifelong friendships and sisterhood. As well as set high standards for academics, social involvement and community service while providing a vibrant sorority experience for its members.

The beliefs and goals of Alpha Epsilon Phi and our members are best stated in our Core Values Statement:


Above all else, Alpha Epsilon Phi inspires exemplary women who are:

Enriched by sisterhood and unconditional friendships

Dedicated to selfless service, and inspiring others, and

Committed to intellectual growth and personal development.


As a lifelong member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, I will:

Respect our heritage and traditions,

Exhibit high ideals and moral character,

Fulfill expectations and responsibilities of membership, and

Continually exemplify the values of beauty, strength, and wisdom as embodied by the

three columns of our insignia.

Alpha Epsilon Phi Mission Statement

The Mission of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority is to inspire and support exemplary women dedicated to friendship and a lifelong commitment to Alpha Epsilon Phi while building on the vision of our Jewish founders.

The seven founders of Alpha Epsilon Phi:

  1. Helen Phillips

  2. Ida Beck

  3. Rose Gerstein

  4. Augustina "Tina" Hess

  5. Lee Reiss

  6. Rose Salmowitz

  7. Stella Strauss

Phi Phacts:

Nickname - AEPhi

Founded - October 24, 1909

Colors - Green and White

Flower - Lily of the Valley

Mascot - Giraffe

Jewel - Pearl

Open Motto - Multa Corda, Una Causa - "Many Hearts, One Purpose"

Please visit our national website to learn more about our great sorority:




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