As we collectively face a new academic year with ongoing challenges due to COVID-19, we must also prepare strategically and thoughtfully to ensure we can sustain opportunities for our students in the future, to include membership for ALL qualifying students, worthwhile activities that reflect the mission of our Society, and continued engagement with our members and campus communities throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
This past spring, many chapters delayed initiating new members until the fall with hopes that “normal” campus activities would resume and face-to-face induction ceremonies would again be feasible. However, we all recognize now that such “normalcy” as many had hoped is not yet a reality.
What to do?: Plan on a regular schedule of activities, even if they must be remote due to social distancing protocols and/or an online semester.
If your chapter delayed a spring 2020 initiation of new members or only inducted graduating seniors this past spring:
Plan an initiation, even if virtual, of ALL qualifying members in early September (or earlier!). This will refortify your chapter membership base and sustain the vitality of both your chapter and the national organization.
Plan multiple initiation ceremonies, one in fall and one in spring, to provide ample opportunities to all your qualifying students:
Holding two ceremonies will help rebuild your chapter and help provide more students the opportunities that Sigma Delta Pi membership provides.
What guidance can you provide for virtual chapter activities, to include a virtual initiation ceremony?
Below is a recently approved policy to guide you with your virtual planning.