Sigma Delta Pi: Maximizing Student Membership and Engagement Virtually in AY 2020-21. Official Policy for Remote Events.


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.

Sigma Delta Pi and SHLE
Policy for Remote Events

Sigma Delta Pi’s Centennial Celebration: Concluding 100 Years & Beginning Another Century. Recording of Virtual Awards Reception.

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Last night, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:00pm Eastern Time, Sigma Delta Pi held its first-ever, national Virtual Awards Reception to recognize the accomplishments of select chapters and members for the 2019-20 academic year.  We were honored with the virtual presence of many distinguished guests to include the AATSP’s Executive Director Sheri Spaine-Long who gave the opening toast, Past AATSP Executive Director and Sigma Delta Pi Honorary President Emily Spinelli, Past AATSP President Martha Vásquez, current AATSP President Ada Ortuzar-Young, Sigma Delta Pi’s National President Lucy F. Lee, President Emeritus Germán D. Carrillo, Regional Vice-Presidents, Honorary President Domnita Dumitrescu, several past national awardees, chapter faculty advisers and student chapter officers.

If you were unable to attend, you may view the recorded ceremony at Video of Sigma Delta Pi’s Virtual Awards Reception.

This event marked the conclusion of a memorable celebration of our Society’s centennial (1919-2019), and we look forward to the continued progress of our beloved organization through the support and exemplary work of all of you, our chapters, members and faculty advisers of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

“Spanías Didagéi Proágomen”

Sigma Delta Pi: Info Requested for Online Activities

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Online Chapter Activities
This past spring was Sigma Delta Pi’s first collective experience with remote induction ceremonies and online chapter activities, and to share more widely your ideas for future chapter planning, we would like to compile a list of recommendations from our chapters for remote activities to post on our website as a resource for our members. For consideration, please send your ideas to

Screenshots of Online Initiation Ceremonies and/or Chapter Events
Did your chapter hold a virtual induction ceremony or other online activities this year due to COVID-19?  Do you have screenshots from those virtual (e.g., ZOOM) activities?  We plan to create a photo slide-show at our national website with select photos from chapter virtual activities in 2020.  For consideration, please e-mail your screenshots to

Submission deadline for the above: Friday, July 3, 2020.

8th Annual Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices Session

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For the 8th consecutive year and to commemorate its 100th anniversary, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, hosts student members to share their local chapters’ best practices through formal presentations. This session was originally accepted and scheduled for presentation at the AATSP’s 102nd Annual Conference in Puerto Rico in July 2020. Because of the conference’s postponement due to COVID-19, in June 2020 participants recorded their planned presentations: click here to view online.

Chapter Annual Reports Required of All Chapters

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If you missed the June 8, 2020 deadline for submitting your chapter’s required annual report to qualify for national awards, the national office still needs your annual report for our record-keeping even if you did NOT hold an initiation ceremony in AY 2019-20.   Please visit to submit your chapter’s 2019-2020 Annual Report Form online.

Muchas gracias.

Sigma Delta Pi’s History Panel at the 102nd Annual AATSP Conference in Puerto Rico, July 2020: Recorded and Available Now Online!


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This panel was originally accepted and scheduled for presentation at the AATSP’s 102nd Annual Conference in Puerto Rico in July 2020.
Because of the conference’s postponement due to COVID-19, in early June 2020 participates recorded their planned presentations (click to access).

Sigma Delta Pi: Summer Initiations, June 8, 2020 Deadline for Chapter Annual Reports, Merchandise

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Although summer is already here, please remember that you may still hold remote initiations of new members in June, July and August to ensure all eligible students are recognized; furthermore, the Ruth Barnes replica membership pin (pictured above) will continue to be issued to every new member initiated through November 30, 2020.

 Some important operational clarifications:


NO DEADLINES (accepted all year long):

Applications for Chapter Project Grants:

Nominations for the Gabriela Mistral Award.

Nominations for the Orden de José Martí.

Nominations for the Orden de Don Quijote.

Orders for membership pins and certificates, and Sigma Delta Pi’s newest history book.


For Sigma Delta Pi’s latest history book:

For the medallion and repostero:

For the padfolios, the bistro mug and the medallion:

For other paraphernalia, to include ceremony kits, apparel, honor cords and stoles:

For the Sigma Delta Pi pendant:

Sigma Delta Pi & AATSP: 10th Annual Mario Vargas Llosa Award

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Blaine Billings, Mario Vargas Llosa Award 2020

Blaine Billings,
Winner of the 2020 Mario Vargas Llosa Award

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) are pleased to announce that the joint national selection committee has confirmed Blaine Billings of the College of Charleston as the recipient of the 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. Mr. Billings will be recognized formally during a brief ceremony via Zoom on June 2, 2020.

Sigma Delta Pi: Concluding the Academic Year and Upcoming Deadlines

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As many have concluded the spring term, please remember that you may still hold remote initiations of new members over the summer to ensure all eligible students are recognized.

  • 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.


  • June 8, 2020 for submission of required chapter annual reports. Click HEREfor the 2019-2020 Annual Report Form access.  NO DEADLINES:


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, and Sigma Delta Pi’s newest history book. Click here for online ordering.


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.

For the Sigma Delta Pi history book, click here.


Click here for National Announcements and News blog.

Click here for the National Facebook page.

Sigma Delta Pi’s Latest History: Special Offer for Month of May

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Published in hard cover on April 28, 2020 by Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic MonographsSigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century, 1919-2019 is now available at Amazon (click here).

During the entire month of May to commemorate Sigma Delta Pi Day on May 1, complimentary copies of T. Earle Hamilton’s 1995 Sigma Delta Pi: A Brief History, 1919-1994 (218 pp) and LaPrade and Del Mastro’s 2005 Recounting a Decade, 1995-2004 (37 pp) will be included with each purchased, signed copy of Del Mastro’s 2020 book, available at Sigma Delta Pi’s national website (click here).

If you missed the May 1 Facebook Live reading of select chapters from this book, the recording is found at “Reading of Sigma Delta Pi’s New History (click here).”