Speeches Spring 22 Faryaal: Good evening everyone! It is an honor and a privilege to welcome you all to Kappa Delta Pi’s Spring 2022 Honor Society Induction. My name is Faryaal Bokhari, Chapter President of Kappa Delta Pi. I am a senior child study major with a concentration in English and I am currently in my special education student teaching placement. I was inducted as a member of Kappa Delta Pi in Fall of 2020 through a virtual induction ceremony, so I am thrilled that our new inductees get to celebrate with their loved ones today. Being a member of and now president of our esteemed honor society has definitely been the highlight of my college career and I am excited to share the joy of our honor society with our new inductees. I am joined today by our amazing advisors, Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Alyssa Soohoo, and our extremely hard working Vice President, Briana Ferguson. The rest of my fantastic e-board, Treasurer Alyssa Brady, and Secretary Asma Hussein, unfortunately couldn’t be here today. Together, our eboard meticulously went through and handpicked the best of our applicants to induct into our society. The best of whom are sitting here with us, ready to be inducted today. Our new inductees encompass the ideals of our honor society, maintained a high overall 3.5 GPA, and have proven themselves as great future educators. With that being said, I would like to introduce Vice President, Briana Ferguson, to say a few words as well. Briana: Asma: Alyssa:“Hi I am Alyssa Brady and I am a senior Mathematics Adolescence Education major. I have been a member of Kappa Delta Pi since the Fall of 2019 and have had the honor of being treasurer for Kappa Delta Pi since the Fall of 2020. My time here has been a wonderful experience and I encourage our new inductees to get involved in our fundraisers and other activities, and you will find it enhances your college experience as it did mine. I also encourage you to consider running for a position on the executive board in the future. I wish you all the best in your college career and as a member of Kappa Delta Pi.“ President (Me): Thank you Briana for those kind words. Now, I would like to speak about the history of our chapter, Alpha Theta Omega, here at St. Joseph’s college. In 1909 the Education Club at the University of Illinois was founded by Dr. William Chandler Bagle and four other students. It was their hope to form an association with another undergraduate honor society in education, Pi Kappa Mu. Since it limited its membership to men, the leaders of the Education Club decided not to form a united organization because they felt strongly that women belonged in it too. This Education Club was transformed to Kappa Delta Pi in 1911. Only 5 years later, a group of nuns from the sisters of St. Joseph’s would go on to create a small college of only 12 students in Brooklyn. That over the last 100 years has expanded into two campuses, with thousands of students, known for its impressive education programs. Just like the founders of Kappa Delta Pi, the founders of St. Joseph’s College believed women belonged in education and created a college for them, in a world where women were not welcomed or accepted into education. In a world, like today, educators need to be advocates for all their students. If the founders of Kappa Delta Pi and of St. Joseph’s College were not advocates for their female students, where would we be today? As future educators it is our responsibility to always speak for our students and be their voice. No matter their sex, creed, ability, or race, we are every student’s support and advocate. In today’s world, we never know what to expect, but that does not mean that we cant try our best to be prepared. The rigorous curriculum here at St. Joseph’s College in both the Child Study and Adolescent Education programs are preparing and giving us the skills we need to educate, protect, and promote our students. Now, as members of Kappa Delta Pi, we will have another resource to help us better ourselves to be better educators. One need that transpires time is that we must always be there for our students in every way that we can. Our current and future students need us to not only educate but to hear them out and give them a voice, when they feel they can’t be heard. President (Me): Now I would like to introduce Dr. Alyssa Soohoo and Dr. Jennifer Jones and invite them to add a few words if they would like!