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Students for Social Action

Alpha Kappa Delta

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Students for Social Action

Students for Social Action is an awarding winning and highly active collective of graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in making a difference in their community.  Each year, the group selects a social issue in which they are interested in taking some type of social action.  Social action has included protests, raising public awareness, engaging in community discussions or building social support.  Past activities include:

    • Annual ‘Public Knowledge Series’ to engage the community in a discussion on topics including:
      • Equity in Education;
      • Prison Industrial Complex
      • Inequality and Health
      • Identity, Culture and Indigenous Struggles in Latin America
    • A free showing of Robert Reich’s documentary titled Inequality for All to engage students in a discussion about the social impact of economic inequality.
    • Working with the Living Wage Campaign to help all members of the VCU community secure a living wage.
    • Hosting guest speakers including:
      • Scott Crow on his book Black Flags and Windmills: Hope, Anarchy and the Common Ground Collective 
      • Kemba Smith and her experience with the War on Drugs and Rights Restoration

If you are interested in participating in Students for Social Action, please reach out through the group’s Facebook page.  Or contact faculty adviser, Jesse Goldstein ( for more information. 

Alpha Kappa Delta

In 1920, Dr. Emory S. Bogardus, a sociologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, founded Alpha Kappa Delta for the purposes stimulating scholarship and promoting the scientific study of society.  His endeavor paved the way for what has become an international organization dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and recognizing excellence in academic scholarship.

The name, Alpha Kappa Delta, was chosen because the letters represent the first letters of three classical Greek words that embody the function of society.  They are “anthropos” meaning (hu)mankind;  “katamanthano” meaning to examine closely or to acquire knowledge, and “diakoneo” meaning to do service.  Thus, the mission of AKD members is to “investigate humanity for the purpose of service.”

As we enter the 21st century, Alpha Kappa Delta is an integral part of many sociology programs and is proud to acknowledge that in the past eight decades, over 80,000 scholars have been initiated into the society.  More than 490 chapters have been chartered in the United States, Canada, China, Finland, the Philippines, Taiwan and Singapore.

VCU’s chapter of AKD was formed in 1970 with 22 charter members.  Each year, AKD @VCU sponsors an induction ceremony where we celebrate those students who embrace the AKD spirit and are committed to advancing the scientific understanding of society for the betterment of humanity.

For eligibility requirements, please visit the AKD website.

For more information about AKD @ VCU please contact us (

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