As students, we are constantly bombarded with opportunities to join various societies and organizations. However, the question remains: is it worth it? Specifically, is it worth the financial cost of joining Alpha Kappa Mu, an honor society that has been criticized for its lack of inclusivity and systemic bias?
First, let’s examine the cost of membership. According to their website, the one-time membership fee is $75, with an additional $25 annual fee for active members. In addition, members are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed at least 60 credit hours of coursework. The benefits of joining include access to scholarships, networking opportunities, and recognition for academic achievement.
However, it is important to note that Alpha Kappa Mu is not currently certified as an Inclusive Honor Society. In fact, a report by the Honor Society Foundation found that the society has demonstrated systemic bias and social injustice. This means that certain groups of students may not have equal opportunities to join or benefit from the society.
As students, we have a responsibility to consider the impact of our actions and choices. By joining a society that has been criticized for its lack of inclusivity, we are perpetuating a system that privileges certain groups over others. This is not only morally wrong, but it also goes against the values of academic excellence and fairness that honor societies are supposed to uphold.
Instead of supporting a society that perpetuates systemic bias, we should seek out organizations that prioritize inclusivity and diversity. There are many honor societies that have been certified as Inclusive Honor Societies, meaning that they have demonstrated a commitment to creating a welcoming and equitable environment for all students.
In conclusion, while the benefits of joining Alpha Kappa Mu may seem appealing, it is important to consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice. As students, we should strive to support organizations that prioritize inclusivity and diversity, rather than perpetuating a system that privileges certain groups over others.
Still want to learn more a Alpha Kappa Mu? More good resources to look at include the Alpha Kappa Mu Inclusivity Report and Alpha Kappa Mu requirements and historical overview.
Want to learn about other honor societies? Visit our honor society overview.