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Sigma Delta Pi

(National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society)

Sigma Delta Pi, founded in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, is the only national honor society recognizing outstanding college and university students of Spanish. The Ohio University chapter, Phi Rho, was founded in 1986 and has inducted more than 450 members. Certification from the Association of College Honor Societies attests to Sigma Delta Pi’s legitimacy and renown, and more than 590 active chapters promote and reward the study of Spanish in US colleges and universities. The society is affiliated with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP); the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE); the Instituto Internacional Sampere in Spain and Ecuador; UNINTER of Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Academia Latinoamericana de Español in Ecuador; and the Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain. The society awards various scholarships, prizes, and grants to members each year.

Ohio University’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi hosts events every semester. Members are required to attend two events per semester, organized by the Department of Modern Languages, Latin American Studies, or any other club or organization relating to Spanish language or culture.


Spring Semester 2018 Meetings

6:00pm7:00pm, Gordy Hall room 113 (except April 17th)

Meetings are open to all SDP members. In order to be an active member, members are requried to attend at least 3 SDP events each semester. SDP meetings do not count as an event. (See Active Members Requirements bottom of this page)

Please check Facebook/OrgSync/GroupMe for updates on meetings.

Spring Semester 2018 Events

  • SDP Social – February 6th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Gordy Hall room 113
  • 22nd Annual Spring Colloquium
    • February 8th, 4:00pm, Tupper 304
    • February 9th, 4:00pm, Tupper 104; 7:30pm Gordy 113
    • February 10th, 9:15am, Gordy 201; 11:00am, Gordy 202
  • SDP Initation – March 6th, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Gordy Hall 110 and 113 (tentative)
  • Tres Vidas performance – March 8th, 7:30pm, Glidden Hall
  • Career Event – April 19-20, Gordy Hall room 113 (to be confirmed)
  • Election of officers – Date to be decided (end of semester)

Fall Semester Sigma Delta Pi Initiation

March 6, 2018

Congratulations to the new initiates of Sigma Delta Pi: Alexis Broomes, Alexis Wales, Genoveva Di Maggio, Olivia Sturtevant, Patrick Ballow, Rachel Broughton, Spencer Cappelli, Suzy Aftabizadeh, and Taryn Osborne! ¡Felicidades!

SDP Members 2018

The new initiates, current members, and current officers of Sigma Delta Pi

The Ohio University Chapter Pi Rho/Tao of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, held it’s initiation ceremony on March 6th, 2018 in Gordy Hall. Sigma Delta Pi is the only national honor society recognizing outstanding college and university students of Spanish and requires members to hold a high GPA in Spanish and overall. Twelve new members were selected for membership to the Society. This great honor is celebrated at the initiation ceremony.

The ceremony, conducted in Spanish, was organized and led by the officers of Sigma Delta Pi and included readings of a poem by Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.  Jesús Sánchez, a flamenco guitarist, rendered a beautiful performance at the ceremony. Following the ceremony, at the reception, new initiates, officers, members, the advisor, and the chair of the Department of Modern Languages interacted with each other.



Congratulations new Sigma Delta Pi members on your initiation, Wednesday, November 15.

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How to Apply:

Please fill out the online application form by Friday, February 16, 2018. Once you are accepted, you must pay a one-time membership fee of $30 and attend the Initiation on March 6, 2018, from 6:15pm – 8:00pm in Gordy 113.

Requirements for undergraduate students include the following:

  • Have completed  at least one of these courses: 3348, 3349, 3460, 3550
  • Have a 3.2 GPA in Spanish
  • Have a 3.0 overall GPA

 Requirements for graduate students include the following:

  • Completion of two graduate courses in Spanish at Ohio University
  • Have a 3.0 GPA

Direct questions to Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan, Chapter Advisor  (


Active Member Requirements

In order to be an active member, members are requried to attend at least 3 SDP events each semester. SDP meetings do not count as an event. Only active members can contest in the elections.


Officers, 2017-18

Presidenta: Emiley Adams,

Vice-Presidenta: Louisa Oswald,

Secretaria: Melody Weary,

Tesorera: Katherine Broughton,

Gerente de Media Social: Zach Rudy,

 Consejeras: Dra. Ashwini Ganeshan,


Additional resources:  

Ohio University’s chapter, Pi Rho/Tau:


National Sigma Delta Pi: *

Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University: *

Ohio University Spanish Club: