Pi Delta Phi is the National Honor Society in French. It was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. After twenty years as a local chapter, Pi Delta Phi declared itself the National French Honor Society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the UCLA in 1925. The Society expanded slowly during the next fifteen years. After World War II, Pi Delta Phi has enjoyed phenomenal growth. At the present time, it numbers over 271 chapters established at representative public and private colleges and universities in almost every state, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. The Iota Epsilon Chapter was founded at NEIU on November 1, 1979, with its first Induction Ceremony. Pi Deta Phi recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in the study of French and the cultures of the French-speaking world. Contact Pamela Czech at: P-Czech@neiu.edu.
Sigma Delta Pi is the National Honor Society in Spanish. It was established on November 14, 1919. Its key is a miniature representation of the coat of arms of Castile, its colors, red and gold, and its flower, the red carnation. The purposes of the Society are; to honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language, literature and culture, to honor those who strive to make the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better know to non-Spanish speaking people, to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture, and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of other languages. To apply, contact Professor Lucia Lombardi at L-Lombardi@neiu.edu.