As students, we are constantly bombarded with opportunities to join various organizations and societies. One such society that may have caught your eye is Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. But before you decide to join, it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of membership, as well as consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that this society has demonstrated.
First, let’s take a look at the financial cost of joining Sigma Delta Pi. According to their website, the one-time membership fee is $40, and there may be additional fees for local chapter events and activities. Additionally, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to join, such as a minimum GPA and completion of a certain number of Spanish courses.
So, what are the benefits of joining Sigma Delta Pi? According to their website, members have access to various scholarships, awards, and grants, as well as opportunities for leadership and networking. Additionally, being a member of an honor society can look impressive on a resume and may provide a sense of community and belonging.
However, it’s important to note that Sigma Delta Pi is not currently certified as an Inclusive Honor Society. In fact, a recent report by the Honor Society Foundation found that Sigma Delta Pi has demonstrated systemic bias and social injustice in their membership practices. Specifically, the report found that the society has a lack of diversity in their membership, with a disproportionate number of white, female members compared to other racial and ethnic groups.
This raises the question: is it worth joining a society that has demonstrated such issues of bias and injustice? As individuals, we must decide for ourselves what values and principles we prioritize. If promoting diversity and inclusion is important to you, it may be worth considering other honor societies that have been certified as inclusive.
In conclusion, while Sigma Delta Pi may offer certain benefits and opportunities, it’s important to weigh the financial cost of membership and consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that this society has demonstrated. As students, we have the power to choose which organizations we support and promote, and it’s important to make informed decisions that align with our values and beliefs.
Still want to learn more a Sigma Delta Pi? More good resources to look at include the Sigma Delta Pi Inclusivity Report and Sigma Delta Pi requirements and historical overview.
Want to learn about other honor societies? Visit our honor society overview.