Sigma Delta Pi: Planning Remote Initiations and Upcoming Deadlines

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As you continue to plan initiations for this spring, please consider:

  • There will be NO disruptions with service from our national office.  Orders may continue to be placed at any time.
  • Ordered materials may be shipped to a chapter adviser’s home address.
  • Click HERE for recommendations for remotely collecting membership fees.
  • Click HERE for guidelines for conducting remote initiation ceremonies.


  • Click HERE for the 2019-2020 Annual Report Form access.  Annual reports are required of all chapters and due June 8, 2020.
  • Entre Nosotros submissions accepted through May 15, 2020.  Click HERE for guidelines for submissions. Click HERE to upload a submission.


Applications for Chapter Project Grants: Click here for details and application.

Nominations for the Gabriela Mistral Award.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de José Martí.  Click here for details.

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote. Click here for details.

Orders for membership pins and certificates. Click here for online ordering (downloadable forms have been discontinued).


For the medallion and reposteroclick here.

For other paraphernalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles, click here.

For the Sigma Delta Pi pendant, click here.


Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Sigma Delta Pi Cancels Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards Program for Summer 2020

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Due to COVID-19, Sigma Delta Pi has cancelled its Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards Program for Summer 2020.

Undergraduate Study Abroad Awards for fall 2020 and spring 2021 will still be considered but contingent upon future developments.

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times as Sigma Delta Pi continues to be proactive in the best interest of our members’ health and safety.

Sigma Delta Pi and COVID-19: Virtual Initiations and Options for the Remote Collection of Student Membership Dues

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Sigma Delta Pi Chapter Advisers,

Please find the following information to assist with membership dues payments this spring and until further notice:

First, Sigma Delta Pi can send membership materials to your home or university address.  Under the shipping section on the order form, simply indicate your preference.

Generally, Sigma Delta Pi does not accept payment from individual students as it will overburden the national office, and because we rely on chapter advisers to confirm membership qualifications at the chapter level. However, some chapters are facing challenges with the collection of membership dues from students who are no longer on campus.  Some options:


If willing, the chapter adviser can create a Venmo or Paypal account.  Students appear to be very comfortable with this technology and can send the adviser membership payment ($25) directly.  After payments are made the adviser can then place a Sigma Delta Pi order (that will need to include $10 or $35 for shipping) on our website.  Click HERE for ORDER FORM.


If you are unable to create an account, Sigma Delta Pi will accept Venmo payments from students directly.  If you choose to take advantage of this, please do the following:

  1. Email to let us know you plan to have students send us payment directly.  Include a complete list of students’ full names and emails. Without this information, we cannot accept payments directly from students.
  2. Copy on the instruction email sent to your students so we know to expect payments.
  3. Include in the email to students a deadline for payment and the payment amount for new membership ($25)
  4. The Venmo account the student should use is: @SDPNational.  The name associated with the account is “SDP National”.
    The following logo is associated with the account:
    Venmo Logo
  5. Instruct students to include their nameemail address and university when making payments.  Sigma Delta Pi must know the names of those submitting payments and chapter affiliation.
  6. Once payments from all the candidates have been received OR the deadline has been reached, Sigma Delta Pi will email the adviser with instructions for completing the order.
  7. Please keep in mind that shipping and handling charges ($10 or $35 for express) must be paid.  This payment can be made by the adviser using Venmo (please include your name, university, email and the address you wish us to ship to) or our online ORDER FORM (enter “0” for memberships and select desired shipping option.
  8. As Sigma Delta Pi begins an untested method of payment, your patience will be appreciated.

It has been true through our 100-year history, the strength of our organization lies with the dedication of our chapter advisers and members.  We are grateful that many of you have reached out with questions, concerns and creative suggestions. Please continue that communication with us.

Sigma Delta Pi and COVID-19: More Updates and Tips

In response to additional questions about Sigma Delta Pi’s COVID-19 preparations:

  • There will be no disruptions with service from our national office.  Orders may continue to be placed at any time.
  • Ordered materials may be shipped to a chapter adviser’s home address.
  • Click HERE for guidelines for conducting remote initiation ceremonies.
  • Click HERE for the 2019-2020 Annual Report Form access
  • Entre Nosotros submissions accepted through May 15, 2020. Click HERE for guidelines for submissions. Click HERE to upload a submission.
  • Previous e-mail guidelines re COVID-19 and related preparations included below.

Sigma Delta Pi and COVID-19: Tips for Remote Initiations

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With more colleges/universities transitioning to e-learning due to COVID-19, your chapter of Sigma Delta Pi will likely need to plan for remote induction of new members this spring.

Some suggestions to prepare:

Prior to the remote ceremony

  • Order and prepare ceremony materials to include membership packets (pins and certificates) and appropriate ceremony table items for display; a small desk/table in an office will suffice for this purpose.
  • Schedule the virtual ceremony in a space that has internet access and an operable webcam.
  • Work with your institution’s IT department to determine best software for video conferencing with multiple users: Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. Once determined, do a test run with the software prior to your ceremony.
  • Confirm that your student candidates for membership have access to the selected software and are familiar with its use.  Provide them with details related to the scheduled ceremony such as access instructions.
  • Display a Sigma Delta Pi poster or banner behind you during the video ceremony to reinforce the nature of the event.
  • Due to the special nature of the video ceremony, you may wish to use the “formula abreviada” of the Ritual (click here for access); to access the ritual, use the password: 1919. Be sure to review the Ritual prior to executing the remote ceremony and make small adjustments as necessary since many of the F2F practices cannot be managed remotely: e.g., sitting in a semi-circle, retrieving membership items, signing the registry.
  • Prepare the membership certificates per the instructions included in the mailing.

During the ceremony

  • As done with the F2F ceremonies, play some appropriate Hispanic music in the background (e.g., classical guitarist Andrés Segovia)
  • When reading the name of each initiate, hold up their printed certificate in front of the webcam along with a membership pin.

After the ceremony

  • Plan to either mail the membership certificates and pins to the students, or arrange for their retrieval when your institution resumes F2F classes. In many cases, mailing might be the only reasonable option.
  • Work with your marketing/public relations department to announce as appropriate the video induction of your new members.
  • For those video-inducted members who will eventually return to campus, arrange an appropriate reception in the department to recognize their Sigma Delta Pi membership.

Remind all students who are inducted remotely, and all involved with this important recognition, that despite the unique modality of the initiation, their membership is no less meaningful than those initiated before them. All Sigma Delta Pi members satisfy the same high national criteria, and being confirmed for membership is an honor that ALL current members of the Society share equally as well as share the same available benefits afforded to ALL Sigma Delta Pi members:

Finally, thanks to all of you, our chapter advisers, for your hard work to ensure all qualifying members of Sigma Delta Pi are recognized this spring and despite the hurdles that face us all during this challenging time.

If you have any additional ideas regarding remote induction ceremonies, please feel free to share as we continue to try to provide the best guidance to our chapters and their related activities.

Spanías Didagéi Proágomen,


Sigma Delta Pi and COVID-19: Important Updates

Estimados Consejeros Capitulares:

In response to COVID-19 and related challenges, Sigma Delta Pi announces the following:

  • Induction of new members this spring term and until further notice may be done remotely with video: Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.
  • Sigma Delta Pi’s national office will remain open and will receive and process orders 7 days per week, as is customary.
  • The 73rd Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (April 16-18) has been cancelled, which means that Sigma Delta Pi’s 18th annual Informative Session and 3rd Annual Graduate Research Symposium are also cancelled.
  • The inaugural “Día de Sigma Delta Pi”/”Sigma Delta Pi Day” will still be celebrated on May 1, 2020.
  • Sigma Delta Pi’s Student Best Practices Session and History Panels at the 102nd Annual Conference of the AATSP in Puerto Rico in July are still tentatively scheduled.
  • All other Sigma Delta Pi program and award nomination deadlines (see remain in effect.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  As we collectively prepare for the Coronavirus, we wish all our members and soon-to-be members a healthy, safe and productive stretch ahead.

Saludos cordiales,


10th Annual Premio Mario Vargas Llosa: FRIDAY, May 1 Nomination Deadline


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Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,
and the AATSP, the American Association of Spanish and Portuguese,
announce their 10th annual 

Mario Vargas Llosa Award 

granted yearly to one undergraduate Spanish major or minor who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all upper-division courses completed and exemplary involvement in extra-curricular activities as related to Spanish.


  1. Nominee must be a full-time undergraduate student;
  2. Nominee must have completed at least eight (8) upper-division courses (post intermediate level) total in Spanish language, literature and culture; at least half of ALL these upper-division courses completed must have earned grades (not “Pass/Fail”)
  3. Nominee must be a member of Sigma Delta Pi;
  4. Nominator must be a member of the AATSP;
  5. The completed “Nomination Form” (download here) and all specified supporting materials must be submitted via e-mail by May 1, 2020.  Incomplete nominations will be disqualified.

Selection of the 2020 award will be made by a committee comprising leaders from both Sigma Delta Pi and the AATSP with Sigma Delta Pi’s Executive Director serving as chair.

Nominees will be selected on the basis of academic achievement in all upper-division Spanish courses completed and extra-curricular involvement as related to Spanish.

Sigma Delta Pi provides the Mario Vargas Llosa Award recipient with a plaque, the most recent issue of the María Moliner Diccionario de uso de español and one of Vargas Llosa’s novels. The AATSP organizes and hosts the award venue at their annual conference in June/July. Sigma Delta Pi and the AATSP will provide a separate joint award statuette and a travel stipend to defer costs related to attending the conference. The awardee will be announced prior to the AATSP Conference.


Sigma Delta Pi Travel Discounts for Members

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By booking your reservations through the Sigma Delta Pi car rental and hotel discounts program, you can receive up to 20% off on car rentals from Hertz, National, Alamo, Avis, Budget and Payless. Also save up to 50% on hotels worldwide with Marriott, Wyndham, Radisson, Sheraton, Hilton and many others.

Simply visit to make your reservations and receive your discount.

For exclusive car rental and hotel discounts available from Sigma Delta Pi:

Sigma Delta Pi’s Board of Student Advisers Publishes 9th Issue of Newsletter: _Sigma Delta Pideas_


Sigma Delta Pi’s Board of Student Advisers (BSA) has published its 9th issue (March 2020)of Sigma Delta Pideas, the BSA’s official newsletter.

Please enjoy this latest issue as we collectively congratulate our fine student leaders of the BSA for their continued work.