The Five Pillars of Campus Life were identified by the Founders and have been updated throughout the history of Omicron Delta Kappa. Essentially, the Five Pillars are a general way to ensure that leaders from a broad cross-section of the campus are included in the membership of a circle. This page provides examples of formal and informal positions that would qualify an individual to be considered for membership. This list is by no means exhaustive. Each campus should consider its own campus culture when recruiting members for O∆K.
Examples of Leadership in the Five Pillars
Academics and Research
Leadership in their chosen field of study is demonstrated by holding positions in academic organizations, research presentations, submitted research papers, relevant teaching, or tutoring. Receiving a national or international fellowship during their collegiate experience or other personal achievements an individual may also be considered.
Leadership in athletics is an important pillar of campus life. Serving as a team captain, instructor, coach, trainer, or any other position of leadership in formal or informal athletics demonstrates a commitment to the health and well-being of others.
Service to Campus and Community
From leadership in student government or a student association to creating and leading a non-profit organization or community service program, this pillar recognizes those who are creating change on campus and in the community.
As a cornerstone of American culture, leadership in this pillar includes everything from serving as an editor for the campus newspaper to developing blogs and social media to support causes important to students and the campus.
Creative and Performing Arts
Leadership in the arts goes beyond performance or production. Serving as a director of a theater production, curating a student art show, leading an arts organization are just some examples of leadership in the arts.
(Updated July 1, 2021)