Sigma Delta Pi (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispanica)was established in 1919 at the University of California Berkley, and currently has more than 610 chapters in 49 states, totaling more than 180,000 members. The society’s motto is the Greek phrase “Spanías Didagéi Proágomen,” meaning “Let us go forth under the teaching of the Spanish language.” Sigma Delta Pi is the only honor society in the United States devoted exclusively to students studying Spanish at four-year colleges and universities, and it is the largest foreign-language honor society in existence.
The purpose of Sigma Delta Pi is: to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples; to honor those who have made Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world; to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of Hispanic cultures; and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech. (Association of College Honor Societies)
Bentley’s Chi Kappa chapter of Sigma Delta Pi was established in 2006 to honor the department’s best Spanish language students and the work of faculty studying Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Since then, the chapter has initiated more than 80 members. Members of Sigma Delta Pi have scholarship and travel opportunities, access to research and project grants, as well as networking opportunities.
- Members of the Chi Kappa chapter of Sigma Delta Pi at Bentley University have met the following qualifications:
- Are of sophomore, junior or senior status
- Have taken at least three Spanish courses, at least one of which at the 300 level.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all Spanish courses
- Be in the top 35% of her/his class
- Attend the Honor Society Induction ceremony in the spring semester. (Exceptions are only made for those who are participating in a study abroad that semester.)
2018 Student Inductees
Jake O'Keefe '18
Professor Rubio, Jake O'Keefe, Professor De León Griffin and Professor Guzmán
Christian Rubio, Spanish Faculty Advisor
Bonnie Field, Global Studies Faculty
Jane De León Griffin, Spanish Faculty
Alison Guzmán, Spanish Faculty
Natalie Schlegal, Director of Study Abroad
Dean Simpson, Spanish and French Faculty
Kristen Sorensen, Global Studies Faculty
The Faculty of the Modern Languages Department