On September 23rd, 2013 The Office of Disability Services, FIT-ABLE satisfied the requirements to become the Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society.
The purpose of the Honor Society is to provide an opportunity to change the negative stereotyping associated with disability 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 symbol for strength. Members of Delta Alpha Pi demonstrate strength as leaders on campus to help break down the barriers of negativism. Also, they 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. But 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 in other accomplishments not just as a students with disabilities but as members of the university community. Pi is a mathematical symbol that was learned early on in elementary arithmetic classes. 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.
Following is a list of all of the criteria required for membership in the honor society:
1. Present with a documented disability and work with one of the advisors in the FIT-ABLE Office
2. Complete a minimum of 15 credits
3. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.10
4. Demonstrate an interest in disability issues
The Delta Alpha Pi members are recognized during a pinning ceremony held each Spring semester as well as being able to wearing the Delta Alpha Pi cord colors during commencement ceremonies. The Delta Alpha Pi members are instrumental in promoting disability awareness on campus through a disability awareness week and other disability awareness events throughout the school year. Delta Alpha Pi members also mentor new incoming students who have registered with the disability services office to help them navigate the school, show them around the city and introduce them to other students on campus.