In 2013, Maral Cavner received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Emory University located in Atlanta, Georgia. While earning her degree, Maral Cavner was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honor Society, during her junior and senior years.
Founded in 1920 by University of Southern California sociologist Dr. Emory S. Bogardus, AKD seeks to promote excellence in the study of sociology and encourage schools to offer scholarships. Since it began, the fraternity has admitted more than 120,000 scholars in more than 660 chapters in seven countries.
Each year the AKD holds a president’s dinner on the first Saturday during the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) annual conference. The 2016 conference, held August 20 through 23 in Seattle, featured the theme Rethinking Social Movements, which introduced the question of changing conversations to change the world.
Those invited included the AKD’s executive office staff, all of its council members, and AKD undergraduate paper winners. Each year the AKD sponsors an undergraduate paper competition, and the winners receive cash prizes and travel money to attend the annual conference.