North Central College - Naperville, IL

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

Delta Alpha Pi was founded to recognize the academic accomplishments of students with disabilities. Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. In addition this honor society facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students.  

Delta: D is for disability but also the triangle, symbol of strength. Members demonstrate strength as leaders on campus to help break down the barriers of negativism. Also they serve as role models for other students with disabilities.

Alpha: A for achievement. Alpha is the beginning and academic achievement must come first. But also for advocacy because students must advocate for themselves before they can advocate for others. Members of Delta Alpha Pi enhance advocacy skills for themselves and the rights of all individuals with disabilities to be included fully in society.

Pi: P for pride. Pride in academic achievement and in other accomplishments, not just as students with disabilities but as members of the university community. Pi is a mathematical symbol that we all learn to use in elementary arithmetic classes. so Pi is appropriate symbol for education. Delta Alpha Pi participates in activities designed to educate the community and society regarding the need to apply the principles of universal design.


Undergraduate students must present with a documented disability and work with the Academic Support Center. They must also demonstrate an interest in disability issues. Each member has completed at least 24 credits and earned an overall GPA of 3.10.

If you have questions or are interested in joining, please contact Lavonne Kopca at

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society