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 Epsilon, a society that has demonstrated systemic bias and social injustice?
First, let’s examine the cost of membership. According to their website, the annual membership fee for Alpha Epsilon is $95. Additionally, members are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete community service hours. In return, members receive access to networking opportunities, scholarships, and leadership development programs.
While these benefits may seem enticing, it is important to consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that Alpha Epsilon has demonstrated. As stated in their Inclusivity Report, Alpha Epsilon is not currently certified as an Inclusive Honor Society. This means that they have not met the standards set forth by the Honor Society Foundation for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organization.
This lack of inclusivity is concerning, as it suggests that Alpha Epsilon may not be welcoming to all students. This is particularly troubling given the financial cost of membership. Students should not have to pay to be a part of an organization that may not value their identity or experiences.
Furthermore, the community service requirement raises questions about the potential for performative activism. While community service can be a valuable way to give back to one’s community, it is important to ensure that it is done in a meaningful and impactful way. Simply completing hours for the sake of meeting a requirement does not necessarily lead to positive change.
In conclusion, while the benefits of joining Alpha Epsilon may seem appealing, it is important to consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that the society has demonstrated. Additionally, the financial cost of membership may not be worth it if the organization is not inclusive and welcoming to all students. As such, students should carefully weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether or not to join Alpha Epsilon.
Still want to learn more a Alpha Epsilon? More good resources to look at include the Alpha Epsilon Inclusivity Report and Alpha Epsilon requirements and historical overview.
Want to learn about other honor societies? Visit our honor society overview.