Why Delta Phi Epsilon?
Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon pride themselves on achievement in all areas of living. Each academic year, sisters are expected to participate in four pearls from five areas; Self, Scholarship, Sisterhood, Social, and Service. They are also expected to plan and complete a Personal Development Pearl to reflect their individual goals. These 21 PEARLS represent the 21 pearls on our sorority badge.
Self pearls focus on the physical, emotional, and personal development of each sister. They include workshops on self-esteem, goal planning, stress management, nutrition, fitness and personal values. In the past sisters have participated in self pearls such as beauty night, self-esteem workshops, Pilates & exercise nights, belly dancing, participating in sporting events, fortune telling, and a theme song pearl.
Scholarship experiences focus on academics, career and lifestyle skills, and goal setting. Delta Phi Epsilon recognizes academics as a priority and aims to enhance the college experience by providing information on educational concerns, career preparation and lifestyle planning.
In the past, sisters have participated in scholarship pearls such as job interview skills, time management, communications, and sign language.
Sisterhood pearls aim to develop organizational knowledge and skills, as well as strengthen the bonds of sisterhood. These experiences include learning the values and traditions of the chapter, and the Greek system on campus. In the past, sisters have done this by participating in workshops about team work, conflict management as well as bonding activities such as lunches with chaper alumnae, and sisterhood lockdowns.
Social pearls are about communication, leadership and social development. These experiences include workshops on substance abuse, etiquette, sexual harassment, communication, and cultural diversity. In the past, sisters have participated in risk management workshops, sex education, campus sponsored Greek retreats and games, as well as getting together with other houses on campus for various activities and workshops.
Service pearls focus on the community and societal awareness. These activities include raising money for philanthropies, on-campus service events, and workshops on recycling and political awareness. In the past, sisters have participated in fundraisers to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis and ANAD, supported other Greek chapters on campus in raising money for their philanthropies, participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program, and sent old or unwanted close to Goodwill.
The Personal Development Pearl (PDP) is an individual project for each sister. At the beginning of each year, every sister plans a PDP according to goals they want to set for themselves. In the past, sisters have learned to crochet, knit, quilt, ice skate, and drive a stick shift. They have started clubs, increased their GPAs, and lived healthier lifestyles.