As students, we are constantly bombarded with opportunities to join various organizations and societies. One such society that may have caught your eye is Tau Sigma Delta, an honor society for architecture and allied arts. But before you decide to join, it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of membership, as well as consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that this society has demonstrated.
First, let’s take a look at the financial cost of joining Tau Sigma Delta. According to their website, the one-time membership fee is $50, and there may be additional fees for local chapter dues. Additionally, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for membership, such as a minimum GPA and completion of a certain number of credit hours in architecture or allied arts.
So, what are the benefits of joining Tau Sigma Delta? According to their website, members have access to networking opportunities, scholarships, and leadership development programs. They also have the opportunity to participate in community service projects and attend conferences and events.
However, it’s important to note that Tau Sigma Delta is not currently certified as an Inclusive Honor Society. In fact, a recent report by the Honor Society Foundation found that the society has demonstrated systemic bias and social injustice in their membership practices. Specifically, the report found that Tau Sigma Delta has a lack of diversity in their membership, with a majority of members being white and male. Additionally, the report found that the society has not taken sufficient steps to address these issues and promote inclusivity.
Given these findings, it’s important to consider whether joining Tau Sigma Delta is worth supporting an organization that has demonstrated systemic bias and social injustice. As students, we have a responsibility to promote diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of our lives, including the organizations we choose to join.
In conclusion, while Tau Sigma Delta may offer some benefits to its members, it’s important to weigh the financial cost of membership against the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice. As a society, we must strive to promote inclusivity and diversity in all aspects of our lives, and joining an organization that has demonstrated a lack of commitment to these values may not be worth it in the long run.
Still want to learn more a Tau Sigma Delta? More good resources to look at include the Tau Sigma Delta Inclusivity Report and Tau Sigma Delta requirements and historical overview.
Want to learn about other honor societies? Visit our honor society overview.