Alpha Epsilon Phi

 

Welcome to the website of AEPhi, Beta Epsilon chapter at MIT!

Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded by 7 Jewish women at Barnard College in 1909 to foster lifelong friendships and contribute to the personal development academically and socially of each member. There are more than 50 active AEPhi chapters across the country, and our alumnae include many innovators such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Challenger Astronaut Judith Resnick. The motto of Alpha Epsilon Phi is “Many Hearts, One Purpose” and our mascot is the giraffe - it has the biggest heart of any land mammal. The AEPhi chapter at MIT prides itself on its close-knit community and strives to be welcoming and inclusive of members of all backgrounds.

 

When I first got to MIT, I was incredibly skeptical of sororities and their value. I went to my first recruitment event simply because there was coffee, but I was happily surprised to find that the sisters I met that day fully lived their values of unconditional friendship and love. I could see just from their interactions that each sister cared immensely for the others and were willing to help whenever called upon. Being a member of this chapter has enriched my MIT experience beyond measure. I know as an AEPhi that I’m always one email away from a study partner, lunch date, or just someone to listen to me vent. Our chapter is a diverse group of sisters of various religions, races, sexualities, and academic interests, but we are all united by our commitment to our organization and to each other. 

 

My sisters have brought me snacks & coffee when I’m stuck in the library or sick, consoled me when MIT gets hard, and celebrated with me when I scored an internship or got a great grade. I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon this community at MIT, and I am grateful everyday that I was willing to challenge my initial assumptions about sorority life. 

 

Feel free to check out our website for information on our chapter’s values, our events, and our current members! You can reach me at aephi-president@mit.edu with any questions.

 

Laura Eckman

Beta Epsilon Chapter President