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PCC is the 178th U.S. college to join Delta Alpha Pi honor society

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Portland Community College is the first community college in Oregon and the 178th college in the United States to charter Delta Alpha Pi, which is an honor society for students with disabilities.

The college is hosting its first induction ceremony from 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, June 4 via Zoom. The PCC community is invited. Staff and instructors have been working hard behind the scenes to make the event successful in encouraging and supporting students who will be inducted. A handful of graduating students will be recognized as well during the ceremony. 

To attend and support this new PCC opportunity for students, visit the Zoom link.

Featured speaker for the ceremony will be Dr. Edith Miller, co-founder of Delta Alpha Pi. Miller will welcome the students and be followed by many notable disabilities activists, including Jan Campbell with Disability Rights Oregon, Ann McQueen of the Oregon Disability Commission and Corrinne Vieville with the Oregon State Independent Living Council.

The event will end with the induction of students into the honors society. Members will receive Delta Alpha Pi pins and graduating members will receive their honor cords and certificates. Delta Alpha Pi Advisory Committee members consisting of students and staff will also be inducted.  

PCC’s Vice President of Student Affairs Heather Lang and Director of Disability Services Kaela Parks will speak to the group as well.  

Delta Alpha Pi is an Academic Honor Society founded in 2004 to recognize high-achieving college and university students with disabilities. Membership criteria includes a 3.1 grade-point average or higher; completed at least 24 college credit hours; and have an identified disability, an interest in leadership, mentoring, building community at PCC and have an interest in disability social justice activism.

Questions? Contact any of the following PCC Delta Alpha Pi advisors:  

  • Patricia Kepler patricia.kepler@pcc.edu  
  • Kari Hanken khanken@pcc.edu  
  • Usha Ramanujam usha.ramanujam@pcc.edu

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Public Relations Manager at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic, Wo... more »