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

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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: 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 sdpnational@gmail.com.

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 sdpnational@gmail.com.

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