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Membership

Ann Arbor Kappas Spring 2014

Why did I become a Kappa?

  • Kappa Alpha Psi is the culmination of ordinary men doing extra-ordinary things in a collective with their God given abilities under one ideology--achievement.
    Anthony Eccleston, AAYI Alumni - Spring 2011
  • I became a Kappa because it was the thing I most identified with on campus. I love what it looked like from an outsiders view.
    Gregory McKinney, Epsilon Tau - Spring 1977
  • One of the main reasons and greatest benefits to me becoming a Kappa was because within the bond I found friendship with men like me--college educated, professional, and African-American!
    Andre D. Stringfellow, AAYI Alumni - Spring 2013
  • In college I wanted to be associated with an organization whose members were academically successful, but not pretentious or arrogant; who reflected Brotherhood in manner and actions, but were not clannish; and who were socially relevant, but never forgot the reason they were in school. I found all of that and more in the Brothers of Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Kentucky State University.
    Byron Fox, Alpha Epsilon - Spring 1976

General Membership Information

Source: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Grand Chapter website (www.kappaalphapsi1911.com)

Membership is a solemn commitment. To this Fraternity, the maker of the commitment becomes synonymous with the commitment itself. Membership in Kappa Alpha Psi is a lifelong dedication to the ideas and lofty purposes of Kappa Alpha Psi, which considers for membership only those aspirants whose personal, social and academic qualifications are acceptable to both the College and Fraternity.

Expectations concerning maturity and dedication are made upon new members and established members alike.

Maturity is more than simply reaching a certain age. Maturity to us means acceptance of reality, the ability to sacrifice and set goals, consideration of others, incisive judgment, emotional balance, development of social skills, intellectual competence, and moral rectitude. We expect our members to be mature.

Dedication means putting those characteristics of maturity into a lifelong program of action to advance the goals and purposes of Kappa Alpha Psi. We expect our members to be dedicated.

But do not let personal goals supersede those of the Fraternity. A person who feels he would do the Fraternity a favor by joining is not worthy of membership. No one who holds himself superior to the Brotherhood of Kappa Alpha Psi is worthy of this distinction.

Kappa Alpha Psi is not interested in the simple accumulation of members and chapters. Its emphasis, however, is in the quality and integrity of its membership. Membership quality manifests itself through an intangible element of brotherhood we call "that Good Old Kappa Spirit."

Acceptable qualities of Kappa Alpha Psi members include:

  • The disposition to live in close companionship with men of similar values.
  • The wisdom to abide by the will of the majority without sacrificing individuality.
  • The discretion to refrain from destructive criticism while seeking to remove the causes of such criticism.
  • The acceptance of responsibility for any effort that moves the group forward.
  • The desire to strive for, and ultimately achieve, excellence in everything you do.
  • The commitment to train for leadership.
  • The resolution to give lifelong financial support and commitment to the maintenance and development of the Fraternity's programs and purposes.

For more information

For information on joining Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., please contact our Chapter Polemarch at aayi.alumni@gmail.com.

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