La Casa Hispánica
The Spanish House was established in 1993 in order to give students an opportunity to practice Spanish outside of the classroom setting and to learn more about the Hispanic world. The Casa is currently located in Middle East on Front Quad and houses seven residents and our Hispanic language assistant. Each resident is required to sign a pledge at the beginning of the academic year to speak only Spanish while in common areas of the house.
Through the Fulbright program, a native Spanish speaker comes every year to Hollins to teach and live in La Casa. This graduate student, an invaluable cultural resource, facilitates communication in Spanish and assists students in learning Hispanic cultural values. The residents work closely with the members of Spanish Club to offer programs on various cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world.
This year, the residents will offer tutoring sessions on Sunday evenings for students in elementary or intermediate Spanish.
You do not have to be in a Spanish class at Hollins in order to participate in the activities of the Spanish House.
The Spanish Club has hosted a wide variety of events over the last several years. Activities have included film festivals, tapas nights, poetry discussions, trips to theatrical performances, fundraisers, and educational programs about Spain and Latin America. Once a year the Spanish Club, in conjunction with the Casa Hispánica, invites students who have studied in a Spanish-speaking country to give a talk to their peers who are interested in doing the same. In this way, the club attempts to offer a mentoring program for first- and second-year students who are unsure about where to study abroad.
Sigma Delta Pi
Sigma Delta Pi is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. The Hollins chapter, established in 1998, is Upsilon Eta. Requirements for induction into Sigma Delta Pi are:
- Three years of study of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization.
- 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all Spanish courses taken.
- Upper 35% of class and must have completed at least three semesters of college work.