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Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Epsilon Phi is a national sorority, founded in 1909 by seven Jewish women, dedicated to helping women become the best they can be. We prize individuality, encouraging each member to discover and develop the talents and abilities that make her unique.
But just as we value individuality, we also prize togetherness, fostering friendships and a sense of belonging that last a lifetime. When you’re an AEΦ, you’ll find there’s always a sister to laugh when you laugh, to listen when you talk, to lend a hand and be there for you.
Seven women founded AEPhi, so it is fitting that seven women at MIT sought to bring a chapter to this campus. These women petitioned the campus Panhellenic on March 31, 1993 for permission to bring a new national sorority to MIT – AEPhi. The request was denied, but the group’s spirit was not extinguished. They formed a local sorority, Sigma Iota Phi, and made it flourish as a sorority with its own ritual, symbols, and ideals.
In 1995, Sigma Iota Phi was finally granted permission to go national. The sisters chose to become part of the sorority that the founders had wanted from the beginning – AEPhi. As the MIT colony, they adopted AEPhi’s ritual and symbols, but kept their same traditions of sisterhood, strength, and dedication. Their second annual “Night at the Improv” raised money for both the local philanthropy and the new national one, the Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Their initiation, the first AEPhi initiation held on the MIT campus, was conducted on April 9, 1995. By the end of the semester two more members had joined.
Today the chapter is comprised of an outstanding group of women involved in various extracurricular activities and fields of study. We continue to support the ideals and traditions of both the national sorority and our local chapter.
Why are some girl’s faces covered?
These women are serving as Panhellenic Recruitment Counselors.