Missouri State University

Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society

Purpose

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.

Pledge

I pledge to continue in my pursuit of academic excellence, to demonstrate leadership in advancing the rights of individuals with disabilities, to serve as a role model for other students with disabilities, to advocate for myself and for other individuals with disabilities, and to assist with educational events through my active participation in Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society.

Criteria

Students who are initiated into the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society should meet the following criteria:

Undergraduates -

  • Present with a documented disability and work with one of the faculty members in the Office of Disability Services or the Learning Diagnostic Clinic
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits
  • Maintain an overall Quality Point Average of 3.1
  • Demonstrate an interest in disability issues

Graduates -

  • Present with a documented disability and work with one of the faculty in the Office of Disability Services or the Learning Diagnostic Clinic
  • Complete a minimum of 18 credits
  • Maintain an overall Quality Point Average of 3.3
  • Demonstrate an interest in disability issues

 

Delta Alpha Pi
Working for an aDAPtable world

 

Delta - D is 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.