Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society, the first of its kind in the nation, was established in 2004 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania specifically to recognize the academic accomplishments of college and university students with disabilities. In 2006 Delta Alpha Pi became a national organization and was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2008. East Stroudsburg University is proud to host the Alpha Chapter of this honorary which now has chapters throughout the country.
Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the criteria listed below. All students who are being initiated into Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society meet the following criteria:
All students must:
- Present with a documented disability and work with one of the faculty or staff members in the Office of Disability Services.
- Demonstrate an interest in disability issues.
Undergraduate students must have:
- Completed a minimum of 24 credits
- Maintained an overall Quality Point Average of 3.10.
Graduate students must have:
- Completed a minimum of 18 credits
- Maintained an overall Quality Point Average of 3.30.
Because of the 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, symbol of 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 students with disabilities but as members of the university community. Pi is a mathematical symbol that we all learned to use 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.
Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society at ESU have the opportunity to serve as mentors for first-year students who participate in CATS; assist with Open House, campus tours and educational activities; and attend national conferences to discuss their involvement with Delta Alpha Pi.