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Below are answers to a few common questions about the Society, its members, and its work:

Q: What is the Delta Phi Epsilon Society for Foreign Affairs?

A: The Society is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit formed to conduct foreign policy research, support international relations education and career development, and inform the public on matters related to foreign policy and international trade. Our organization is member-supported and entirely volunteer-run.

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Q: What programs does the Society offer?

A: The Society hosts a public lecture series, publishes member-produced public policy guidance and a peer-reviewed journal, raises funds for scholarships and grants, sends member delegations to meetings for intergovernmental organizations, and hosts an annual foreign policy symposium. The Society also provides member-specific benefits, such as mentorship programs, a speakers bureau and media placement service, a job and internship bank, and members-only events.

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Q: Is the Society the same as the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity or Sorority?

A: No. While the Society was founded by alumni of the Fraternity and Sorority, it is an independent nonprofit organization separate from the Fraternity and Sorority:

  • The Fraternity and Sorority are two parts of a private foundation created to promote fellowship among men and women interested in foreign service.
  • The Society for Foreign Affairs is a public charity created to promote Delta Phi Epsilon members’ foreign affairs-related careers and policy research; support foreign affairs education through grants, scholarships, and mentoring; and provide policy information and recommendations to the public and decision-makers.

To learn more about the Fraternity and Sorority or find a chapter, see our introduction to Delta Phi Epsilon.

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Q: Why was the Society created?

A: The Society was created by an independent group of Delta Phi Epsilon alumni under a mandate from the Fraternity’s National Convention for three reasons:

  1. To deliver Delta Phi Epsilon alumni expertise to the public. Delta Phi Epsilon’s alumni include active and retired diplomats, military and intelligence officers, civil servants, and business professionals with experience in a wide range of areas affecting international relations. The Society provides a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration and a platform for alumni to bring their experience directly to the public and policy-makers.
  2. To bring Delta Phi Epsilon’s alumni and students together. The Society serves to bring together alumni, students, and honorary members from around the world in common cause to advance the ethical practice of international relations in the interests of democratic governance, rule of law, and peaceful diplomatic and commercial relations — the core principles of the Fraternity and Sorority’s founders when they created Delta Phi Epsilon in the wake of the First World War.
  3. To support international relations education and Delta Phi Epsilon’s student chapters. In a globalized era, the United States and other nations need knowledgeable and capable representatives abroad and thoughtful and engaged citizens at home. The Society aims to cultivate such individuals by providing financial assistance to students and educators engaged in international fields of study and providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning and mentoring through its public policy programs. Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Sorority chapters have immense value as tools for delivering educational resources and support, and so the Society also works to support their academic and career development programs.

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Q: Who may become a member?

A: Paid annual memberships are open to all alumni of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority, as well as practitioners given honorary memberships by individual chapters. Free student memberships are available to Fraternity and Sorority members currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. Other types of membership may be created in the future.

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Q: How do I become a member?

A: You can become a member by signing up on our website. For help signing up or to answer other questions, you may contact our membership director at membership@dpeforeignaffairs.org.

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Q: Is the Society a 501(c)(3) organization?

A: Yes. As contributions to a registered public charity, donations and annual member dues are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed under U.S. federal law. For more information, please contact Louis Laverone, Society Treasurer, at llaverone@dpeforeignaffairs.org.

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Q: How are dues and contributions used?

A: Contributions are used for different purposes, depending on whether the gift is made to the Annual Fund or the National Scholarship Endowment. Member dues are divided between the two accounts. Annual Fund contributions support public events, the Annual Symposium, the Delta Phi Epsilon Journal of Foreign Affairs, faculty grants, and other programs and operating expenses. Contributions to the National Scholarship Endowment support the Emerging Research Award.

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Q: I want to support the Society. How can I help?

A: There’s no shortage of ways to help the Society, with different opportunities available to different groups:

  • If you are a brother, sister, or honorary member of Delta Phi Epsilon: The best way you can help is by joining the Society for Foreign Affairs today. The Society depends on member support and is member-operated: your member dues fund our programs, and membership provides a pathway to directly volunteer on Society projects. Membership in the Society is in addition to your existing Delta Phi Epsilon affiliation — we receive no institutional support from the Fraternity and Sorority and need your direct support and engagement.
  • If you are already a Society member: Get involved in member sections or committees, which provide forums to collaborate with members on new ideas; help develop our public policy program, journal, symposium, and scholarship; and organize events. You can also take advantage of member tools through the “My DPE” member portal. Your drive and creativity are key to the Society’s success!
  • If you are a member of the public: Attend our events, donate to the Society, and generally make use of our resources for the public. If you have particular business, higher education, or foreign policy experience that would make you a good candidate for our Board of Advisers, please contact us.

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