Sigma Delta Pi
The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California in Berkeley. Its insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón. The Society’s colors are red and gold and its flower is the red carnation.
Chi Chapter History
Founded January 30, 1931 the University of South Carolina’s Chi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi has held a long standing role in being an ambassador for the University’s Spanish Department and has recently expanded to hold numerous Hispanic language, literature, and culture events open to the entire student body and Columbia community. Members are eligible for several scholarship opportunities and help sponsor events which encourage all students to develop an interest in and actively engage in Hispanic culture. Our members also serve as tutors, engage in community service, and take an active role in promoting the study of Spanish language and Hispanic culture. The chapter’s banner events include also the “Taste of Latin” (closing event of Hispanic Heritage Month), Spanish Career Night, and the prestigious High School Spanish Achievement Award Program.
In addition to being the University’s only Spanish Honor Society, our chapter serves as the constitutional parent organization to the Gamecock Spanish Club which is ideal for students who do not yet meet the requirements for membership in the Honor society. The Chi Chapter also boasts the nation’s first Sigma Delta Pi Alumnus Chapter since 1956, Los Paladines.
Awards and Recognition
The chapter recently garnered recognition from the national office of Sigma Delta Pi as a 2011-2012 Top 5 National Honor Chapter and the inaugural recipient of the society’s Phoenix Award. In January of 2013, the chapter was awarded the national Frida Kahlo award for having the best website of all active chapters. Capítulo Chi has also had a great deal of individual award winners with numerous study abroad scholarship recipients as well as former Chapter Presidents Vessi Radieva and Taylor Jones being awarded the prestigious Gabriela Mistral Award. President Jones also was selected as the 2012-2013 recipient of the joint AATSP and Sigma Delta Pi Premio Mario Vargas Llosa.