September 1, 2016
Texas Tech University’s Alpha Phi chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, and chapter adviser Comfort Pratt received awards during Sigma Delta Pi’s Triennial Convention in Miami, Florida, on July 8.
Pratt, also the national vice president for Southwest of Sigma Delta Pi was presented the Germán D. Carrillo Award at the convention for her outstanding contributions. She has been instrumental for the chapter each year for her assistance to the local and national levels of Sigma Delta Pi.
Alpha Phi chapter received the Octavio Paz Award for maintaining honor chapter status for a triennium from 2013-16, and has won this award for the fourth time. This makes Alpha Phi an honor chapter for 12 consecutive years. This status is only granted by the National Executive Committee to 10-15 chapters nationwide for their outstanding activities the past academic year.
“To be selected among the top chapters of Sigma Delta Pi nationwide so many times truly sets us apart and acknowledges the work we do as beneficial and outstanding,” Pratt said. “This recognition is very important for our members as it confirms that the contributions they make truly matter to the honor society and the community.”
Each summer more than 610 chapters across the United States submit an annual report detailing their activities and projects from the past year. The reports are judged based on the quality of chapter project that reflects Sigma Delta Pi’s mission of honoring excellence in the study of the Spanish language, contributing to cultural understanding and upholding the goals of the society.
Texas Tech’s chapter has studied and upheld the Spanish language and traditions. By holding poetry nights, speaking to high schools and film festivals. They also participate in community service projects with Texas Tech’s Upward Bound where members teach children Spanish.
They hope to bring visibility to Texas Tech through their organization and create a more multicultural university by their contributions and hard work through the year’s events and outreach.
The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement is dedicated to create and support an environment that allows all members of the university community to be academically and professionally successful.