Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society (DAPi)
DAPi is a cohort of 20 - 30 high-achieving students who use their leadership skills to advance a climate of equity and inclusion. Over 2,500 students belong to DAPi nationwide. Please explore the long list of colleges and universities with chapters.
DAPi provides a platform for members to capitalize on their talents through a variety of initiatives. Students can advocate, educate, and problem-solve through their contributions to events and publications. Meetings and workshops allow students to establish a peer network, which in turn strengthens their confidence and motivation for degree completion. Members enjoy recognition from the college for their academic achievements. Additional benefits include an honor cord and pin to wear at graduation, as well as eligibility for awards and scholarships. DAPi opens doors for members to reflect on education and revise social narratives about the roles that students can play.
In the honor society’s first five years at NSCC, DAPi has hosted two collegewide celebrations of learning diversity and the arts, including spoken word and silent auction art programs. Members created three publications, the last of which was a contender in a national literary magazine competition. Members presented a panel discussion that examined relationships between learning and perceptions of ability and filmed a training session for faculty. DAPi has also held interactive awareness events on selected topics. The honor society offers some options for members to work on projects independently, but collaboration with peers remains a central and significant component of DAPi.
Student Feedback and Recognition
100% of participants in 2015 and 2016 who evaluated DAPi said they would recommend the program to other students. Our chapter was named NSCC’s Outstanding Club of the Year for two years straight. One of our members was the nation’s first recipient of the Delta Alpha Pi Scholarship.
Membership is free and by invitation only. Students must achieve a GPA of 3.1 or higher after completing 24 college-level credits. Students must also possess basic leadership skills developed through experiences of disability and achievement. After attending a mandatory welcome session, members meet several times each fall and spring semester to design initiatives and bring them to life. Through this work, honor society members become respected leaders on campus who produce real, constructive change.
Honor Society Advisor
Aillie McKeever, MFA