As students, we are constantly bombarded with opportunities to join various organizations and societies. One such society that may have caught your eye is Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), an honor society for pre-health students. However, before you decide to join, it is important to consider whether the financial cost and potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice are worth it.
First, let’s take a look at the cost of membership. According to the AED website, the national membership fee is $85, and some chapters may also charge additional fees. Additionally, there are requirements for membership, such as a minimum GPA and completion of certain pre-health courses. The benefits of joining include access to networking opportunities, leadership development, and recognition for academic achievement.
However, it is important to note that AED is not currently certified as an Inclusive Honor Society. In a report by the Honor Society Foundation, AED was found to have a lack of diversity and inclusion in its membership and leadership. This raises concerns about systemic bias and social injustice within the society.
As pre-health students, we are committed to promoting health equity and addressing disparities in healthcare. It is crucial that the organizations we choose to be a part of align with these values. By joining a society that has demonstrated a lack of inclusivity, we may be perpetuating the very issues we hope to address in our future careers.
In conclusion, while the benefits of joining Alpha Epsilon Delta may seem appealing, it is important to consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice. As pre-health students, we have a responsibility to promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our lives, including the organizations we choose to be a part of. Before making a decision, I encourage you to do your own research and consider whether this society aligns with your values and goals.
Still want to learn more a Alpha Epsilon Delta? More good resources to look at include the Alpha Epsilon Delta Inclusivity Report and Alpha Epsilon Delta requirements and historical overview.
Want to learn about other honor societies? Visit our honor society overview.