IOTA IOTA IOTA
Women's Studies Honor Society
Each year the Kutztown University Women's Studies program inducts scholars into The IOTA IOTA IOTA (Triota), the Women's Studies Honor Society. During the induction ceremony, the Women's Studies Award, created by Dr. Angela Scanzello, KU emerita, will also be presented.
What is The IOTA IOTA IOTA (Triota)?
Iota, Iota, Iota, affectionately known as Triota, is an emerging honor society for students in Women's Studies. The society's Alpha chapter began at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. The Alpha chapter has been working to organize local chapters on campuses nationwide for the purpose of applying for national status from the National Association of College Honor Societies. To be recognized as a national honor society, Triota needs to sustain at least ten chapters in three regions of the country for five years.
The goal of Triota is to recognize and promote excellence within the discipline of Women's Studies. Historically, Women's Studies programs have shown some reluctance to support honor societies because elitism and exclusion are contrary to feminist principles of equality, inclusion, and non-hierarchical processes and structures. Having wrestled with this question at KU, we believe it is appropriate to recognize and honor the achievements of students who elect to concentrate in Women's Studies. Inductees are Women's Studies minors who have demonstrated active involvement in promoting women's issues and gender equality.
Where does Triota get its name from?
Known as Triota, the organization derives its name from the Greek letter "Iota" to represent the three goddesses Inana, Ishtar, and Isis. Triota strives to maintain the feminist values central to Women's Studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and a celebration of the diversity of women's experiences.