“For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.”
– Audre Lorde
This organization shall be a non-secret, democratic, society of scholars dedicated to the idea of Anthropon
Katamanthanein Diakonesein or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” It shall be the purpose of this
Society to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other
social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.
In 1920, University of Southern California sociologist Dr. Emory S. Bogardus founded Alpha Kappa Delta for the
purposes of stimulating scholarship and promoting the scientific study of society. Bogardus’ impetus in
establishing this organization was to provide a forum for student and faculty interchange. His endeavor paved the
way for what has become an international organization dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and recognizing
academic scholarship. 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.