Iota is a chapter of Alpha
Kappa Delta in California State University, Los Angeles. This chapter
was originally established in 1960 and revitalized in the Spring of
1997. The objective of this society is to promote sociology, and encourage
and support its members to participate professional meetings such as
American Sociological Association and Pacific Sociological Association
while in school. Membership in Alpha Kappa Delta is exclusive by grade
Alpha Kappa Delta is an international sociological
honors society formed by the sociology department chairman of the University
of Southern California, Dr. Emory S. Bogardus on November 21, 1920.
The first group was composed of fourteen students and faculty. The objective
of the group was to establish a network for interchanging ideas concerning
sociological projects. University of Wisconsin modeled this mode of
networking first, then it was followed by Northwestern University and
the University of Kansas.
The name Alpha Kappa Delta represents the first letters
of the Greek words: anthropon (mankind); katamanthanein (to investigate
thoroughly or to conduct research); and diakonesein (for the purpose
of service). Alpha Kappa Delta, therefore, translates to mean social
research for the purpose of service. During the seven decades of its
history, over 47,000 scholars have been initiated into the society.
There are presently 357 chapters in 48 states, the District of Columbia,
the Philippines, and Taiwan.