ALPHA EPSILON PHI
Founded in 1909 at Barnard College in NYC, the mission of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority is to inspire and support exemplary women dedicated to unconditional friendship, selfless service, inspiring others and a lifelong commitment to Alpha Epsilon Phi while building on the vision of our Jewish founders. Some of our alumni include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judith Resnik, Elizabeth Glazer and Nancy Goodman Brinker. The Epsilon Theta chapter at American University was founded in 1959.
At American University, we are a chapter of energetic, involved and dedicated women who are leaders, scholars and contributors to the community. We pride ourselves on consistently ranking among the top Greek organizations for our involvement and dedication, such as our high grade point average and participation in Eaglethon, AU’s dance marathon benefiting our local Children’s National Hospital. Our sisters volunteer for local DC non-profits like Thrive DC, the Latino Student Fund and the Latin American Youth Center; intern for organizations like the U.S. Department of State, CBS News, the U.S. Department of Justice and iHeartMedia; and hold leadership positions in campus activities like Undergraduate Women in Business and the Asian American Student Union.
We are always planning fun social events together, such as themed crush parties, formal, CorePower yoga classes, trips to Washington Nationals’ baseball games, a Zoom call with Christi Lukasik from Dance Moms and so much more! In AEPhi, our sisters also love to hang out at The Bridge and on the Quad together and support each other in everything they do.
Our two national philanthropies are the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and Sharsheret. Both were founded by AEPhi sisters! EGPAF seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. Sharsheret supports women and their families facing breast cancer by offering a community of support. Beginning January 2021, our chapter started a new initiative to support local DC non-profits and recently organized and led a Bachelor Bracket (open to all members of sororities on AU’s campus) for domestic violence survivors in DC.
In order to raise money for EGPAF and Sharsheret, we hold fun events every semester. In October, we host our annual Pink Week events to benefit Sharsheret. Pink Week is a week-long event open to the entire AU community culminating in our Phi Hoops basketball tournament open to members of AU’s Greek community. In the spring, we hold an event for EGPAF that changes from year to year! In the past, we’ve done a lip sync battle and carnival on the quad. When we were unable to hold in-person events due to COVID, we held a barre workout class (taught by our chapter president’s mom) on Zoom for Sharsheret in Fall 2020 and for EGPAF in Spring 2021.
We have over 30 leadership positions ranging from Chapter President to Apparel Chair. It is very easy to get involved with leadership in our chapter and to make the most of your Greek experience!
We also were one of the first AEPhi chapters to add a VP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion position on our executive board and were selected for a pilot program for DEI and SA awareness programming that is now implemented nationwide.
Dues for Alpha Epsilon Phi range from $750-800 for new members and regular member dues range from $420-$475 per semester (as of Fall 2019). However, scholarships and payment plans are available, and this was lowered significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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