Is joining a society worth the financial cost? This is a question that many students ask themselves when considering joining an honor society. While the benefits of joining an honor society are numerous, it is important to consider the cost of membership and the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that some societies have demonstrated.
One society that has come under scrutiny for its lack of inclusivity is Chi Sigma Opta. This society is not currently certified as an Inclusive Honor Society, and a recent report by the Honor Society Foundation found that it has significant work to do in order to become more inclusive.
So, what are the costs of joining Chi Sigma Opta? According to their website, the cost of membership is $95 for a lifetime membership. In order to be eligible for membership, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in the top 20% of their class. The benefits of membership include access to scholarships, networking opportunities, and recognition for academic achievement.
While these benefits may seem appealing, it is important to consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that Chi Sigma Opta has demonstrated. The Honor Society Foundation’s report found that the society has a lack of diversity in its membership and leadership, and that it has not taken significant steps to address this issue.
Furthermore, the report found that Chi Sigma Opta has not implemented policies or practices to ensure that all members feel included and valued. This lack of inclusivity can have a negative impact on students who may feel excluded or marginalized within the society.
In light of these findings, it is important for students to carefully consider whether joining Chi Sigma Opta is worth the financial cost. While the benefits of membership may be appealing, it is important to weigh these against the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that the society has demonstrated.
Ultimately, the decision to join an honor society should be based on a careful consideration of the costs and benefits, as well as the society’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity. Students should do their research and choose a society that aligns with their values and goals, and that is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive community for all members.
Still want to learn more a Chi Sigma Opta? More good resources to look at include the Chi Sigma Opta Inclusivity Report and Chi Sigma Opta requirements and historical overview.
Want to learn about other honor societies? Visit our honor society overview.