4 May, 2017
The Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter at Gadsden State Community College earned several chapter and individual member honors at recent conferences.
The regional conference was held at Coastal Alabama Community College in Fairhope. There, the Rho Rho chapter won the Honors in Action Project Award for its project titled “Beauty in Captivity.” Honors in Action projects must incorporate academic research and analysis, leadership roles and leadership development, service or advocacy, collaboration and reflection.
“Beauty in Captivity” was done in partnership with the Wellhouse, an organization in Leeds that provides assistance to victims of human sex trafficking. The project required Phi Theta Kappa to speak to various civic and school organizations in Etowah and Calhoun counties about human sex trafficking.
“Participating in the project was an eye-opener for our members,” said Melissa Davis, Phi Theta Kappa advisor. “None of them knew how rampant sex trafficking is in our world. It is estimated that $32 billion a year is generated from human trafficking, making it the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.”
Phi Theta Kappa members designed a pamphlet about the human sex trafficking issue as well as Powerpoint presentation.
“It’s so important to our members to get the word out,” she said. “If you aren’t aware of the problem, you can’t identify a victim. It’s so important to notice signs of someone who is being exploited for financial gain.”
An individual who may be a sexual slave is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous and paranoid.
“They typically exhibit anxious behavior or look afraid if anyone mentions law enforcement,” Davis said. “They almost always avoid eye contact as well. Phi Theta Kappa is proud that the ‘Beauty in Captivity’ project has helped spread the message.”
The international conference for Phi Theta Kappa was held recently in Nashville. The Rho Rho Chapter was recognized for being a Five-Star Chapter, an honor it also received at the regional conference.
“Phi Theta Kappa Chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement to international involvement,” Davis said. “It’s a roadmap guiding us through the levels to build a strong active chapter. We hope to only get better from here.”
The Gadsden State honor society was also named to the Top 100 Chapters among 1,300 chapters located at community colleges across the country.