Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

Welcome to the Gamma Upsilon chapter of Delta Alpha Pi International (DAPi) at Ashford University! DAPi is an academic honor society for students with disabilities attending colleges and universities. Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society presents an opportunity to recognize students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments.

History
Purpose
Meaning
Membership Criteria
Member Privileges
Contact Info



Gamma Upsilon Chapter

Working for an aDAPtable world

History

Ashford University provides accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs that meet the diverse needs of individuals pursuing integrity in their lives, professions, and communities. Ashford's Office of Student Access and Wellness fosters equal opportunities to student success through accessible educational programs, disability-related advocacy, faculty and staff education, and an enhanced awareness of individual abilities and contributions. We are committed to an environment that respects and values diversity and encourages self-advocacy and self-determination. As a result of our work with students, we see the impact of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, specifically that students with disabilities may be reluctant to identify themselves publicly resulting in limited access to educational opportunities. Additionally, this reluctance diminishes opportunities for successful students with disabilities to share their stories, inspire others, and positively impact societal stereotypes. Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments and Ashford is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner in supporting its eligible students toward that end.

Purpose

  • Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly.
  • DAPi Honor Society presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments.
  • In addition, this honor society facilitates the development of skills in leadership, advocacy, and education for participating students.

Meaning

The three Greek letters have specific meaning.

Delta – D for Disability, but also the triangle, symbol of strength. Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society 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 stands for Achievement. Alpha is the beginning, and academic achievement must come first. But A also stands for advocacy because students must advocate for themselves before they can advocate for others. Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society enhance advocacy skills for themselves and for the rights of all individuals with disabilities to be included fully in society.

Pi – P represents 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 learned to use in elementary arithmetic classes. So Pi is an appropriate symbol for education. Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society participate in activities designed to educate the community and society regarding disability issues and the need to apply the principles of universal design in learning.

Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society participate in activities designed to educate the community and society regarding disability issues and the need to apply the principles of universal design in learning. Members of Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society work for an "aDAPtable" world.

Membership Criteria

Membership in Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society is by invitation only and open to all eligible Ashford University students.

To qualify for membership in Delta Alpha Pi, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a student with a documented disability through the Office of Student Access and Wellness.
  • Demonstrate an interest in disability issues.
  • Be an undergraduate student currently enrolled and have completed a minimum of 24 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.10, OR
  • Be a graduate student currently enrolled and have completed 18 credits of graduate coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.30.

Member Privileges

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society offers members valuable opportunities for individual growth through leadership, advocacy, and education. In addition, any Delta Alpha Pi member who participates in the Ashford University Commencement Ceremony will be distinguished by Delta Alpha Pi regalia in the form of Honor Cords.

Contact Information

For general inquiries DAPi@ashford.edu

Charlott Glowacki, Student Access and Wellness Specialist
Delta Alpha Pi Advisor to Ashford Iowa Campus inductees
Charlott.Glowacki@ashford.edu

Beth Lund, Technology Accessibility Specialist
Delta Alpha Pi Co-Advisor to Ashford Online student inductees
Beth.Lund@ashford.edu

Poppy Fitch, Director, Student Access Wellness
Delta Alpha Pi Co-Advisor to Ashford Online student inductees
Poppy.Fitch@ashford.edu