The Academy of Men in Education (AME) is a new an initiative by the College of Education; the Academy is designed to assist young men who desire to become educators to be better prepared for the opportunities and challenges in the education field. A total of 30 young men attended the inaugural meeting held in the Fall of 2014. Since then, the Academy has elected an executive board and submitted an official constitution to become a sanctioned campus organization. The male faculty members of the College of Education are serving not only as role models for these young men but also serving in an advisory capacity for the Academy.

The Academy of Men in Education will build a strong bond together and build upon qualities as they matriculate through B-CU. Such qualities include things as acting as moral and upright male/pre-service educators, gaining a sense of professionalism and pride within themselves, and enhance their aptitudes through scholarly deeds and service.

The overriding mission is the development of respect for themselves not only as men but as future educational justice leaders. The men involved in this organization are governed by the principle of respect. Each of the following principles are built around this concept i.e. respect.

•                Respect for the field of education

•                Respect for authority and rule of law

•                Respect for elders

•                Respect for females

•                Respect for other male educators

•                Respect for the power of human potential

•                Respect for pursuit of knowledge for individual improvement

•                Respect for the pursuit of self-reflection of your station in life

•                Respect for others and their opinions

•                Respect for most importantly, respect for ourselves as human beings

It is also the hope that young men interested in this organization will come together and motivate each other to be men of the highest caliber on the campus of B-CU and within the College of Education and ultimately strive to become effective male educational leaders of tomorrow.

The Academy was established in April 2015 by a group of like-minded young women to meet educational leadership standards, social justice inequities and challenges faced by women throughout the country. WELA members, ignited by a passion for learning and social justice, connected the most exceptional female educational leaders within the College of Education (COE) with each other, exposing them to opportunities across the campus, communities and Volusia County.  This passion manifested and harnessed itself in experiences as student leaders, community activists, and social justice advocates. Members are committed to education that eradicates ignorance and facilitates liberation of the marginalized.

It is with this spirit that WELA serves to develop the next generation of women leaders of social justice and global changemakers: exemplary educators who share values and passion for women educational leaders.  

To become a WELA member, students must be education majors with a 2.5 GPA or higher, recommended by a faculty or staff and complete the application process.


Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Delta Chapter is the education honorary society at Bethune-Cookman University. Members must maintain a 3.0+ GPA and have recommendations for membership from faculty and officers. Pi Delta Chapter received its charter in 1982. Kappa Delta Pi focuses on “Literacy Alive”, which is a nationwide reading/literacy initiative for the 156 chapters of Kappa Delta Pi at all of the university sites. At the 2015 National Convention in Orlando, Pi Delta Chapter was recently awarded the coveted “Bronze Literacy Alive Award” for outstanding projects and service in the promotion of literacy in underserved populations. Their main project for 2014-2015 was “Books and Bears” in conjunction with the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation at the Swisher Library. This was monthly literacy-themed story time for children in the 32114 zip code. Some of the themes included “Spooky Spiders”, “Mittens”, “A Royal Affair”, “Applicious” and many more. This year their efforts will not only include the monthly “Books and Bears”, but also a book drive to give out books to children who may not have them in their homes.  

Click here to visit the national Kappa Delta Pi website