Statement on Racism in America

Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Honor Society for Sociology, condemns in the strongest possible terms, the acts of violence against people of color in America and around the world. This includes not only the horrific acts such as the public execution of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, but also the ongoing and systematic forms of institutional racism that pervade everyday life. As sociologists, we study and are all too aware that institutional discrimination is just as effective in elevating the life chances of people who benefit from white privilege as it is in shortening the lives of those who do not.

We believe that the only solution that can produce meaningful change is to adopt a firm policy of anti-racism and to pursue it vigorously. Anti-racism is a strategy of active resistance against not only blatant acts of individual racism but also those elements in society that systematically disadvantage people who are not in preferred categories. Strategies of active resistance are consistent with the Mission of Alpha Kappa Delta, which emphasizes engagement in social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

Chapter Awards Funding Actions to Implement AKD’s Anti-Racism Policy

Anti-Racism Award Application

Alpha Kappa Delta invites chapters to apply for funding to enable chapters to identify and implement meaningful change called for in AKD’s Statement on Racism in America. Successful proposals will stimulate thoughtful discussions of racism and provide funding for chapters to vigorously pursue actions to improve the human condition while addressing some aspect of AKD’s anti-racism statement. Chapter members are encouraged to read and discuss AKD’s Statement on Racism in America and consider what their chapter can do to implement this statement on their campus and in their members community.

Award Amount
Awards of up to $1,200 each will be given to up to three chapters.

This competition is open to any chapter initiative that strives to address improving the human condition and, specifically, some aspect of AKD’s Statement on Racism in America. Proposals could range from a speaker series to raise campus and community awareness to advocacy for underrepresented groups to whatever the creativity of our AKD chapter members can generate.

The only limitation on proposals is a prohibition against political activity on behalf or in opposition to any candidate for elective public office. AKD and its chapters are IRS 501 (c) (3) organizations and the IRS has an absolute prohibition against such activities. Voter education activities, public forums, a voting guides are permitted.

Deadline: November 20, 2020

  • Awards will be announced by January 31, 2021
  • Proposed initiatives will be carried out in Spring 2021
  • Chapters must provide a report on the initiative to AKD by May 31, 2021.

Anti-Racism Award Application