Student Disability Services (SDS) established Delta Alpha Pi Gamma Omicron Chapter, a national honor society open to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in 2014. The organization is now accepting applications. If you are interested in this opportunity and meet the requirements below, please complete application for membership. Completed applications received by January 31, 2020, will be given full consideration for membership. The induction ceremony will be held on March 5, 2020.
Further, the student organization has set an initiation fee of $30. Please make your checks payable to DAPi UTK Chapter. Checks should be delivered to “Student Disability Services”, 100 Dunford Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students initiated into Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society must meet the following criteria.
All students must:
- Present with a documented disability and work with one of the staff members in Student Disability Services
- Demonstrate an interest in disability issues
Undergraduate students must have:
- Completed a minimum of 24 credits
- Earned an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.10 on a 4.00 scale
Graduate students must have:
- Completed a minimum of 18 credits
- Earned an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale
Due to negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. In addition this Honor Society facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students.
Delta – D for Disability, but also the triangle, a symbol of strength. Members of Delta Alpha Pi demonstrate strength as leaders on campus to help break down the barriers of negativism. Also, Members also serve as mentors and role models for other students with disabilities.
Alpha – A for Achievement. Alpha is the beginning and academic achievement must come first. A is also for advocacy, because students must advocate for themselves before they can advocate for others. Members of Delta Alpha Pi enhance advocacy skills for themselves and for the rights of all individuals with disabilities to be included fully in society.
Pi – P for Pride, pride in academic achievement and accomplishment, not just as students with disabilities but as members of the university community. Pi is a mathematical symbol taught in elementary arithmetic, so Pi is an appropriate symbol for education. Members of Delta Alpha Pi participate in activities designed to educate the community and society regarding the need to apply the principles of universal design in learning.