Honors Focus Group

The Honors Program is looking for student volunteers to participate in a focus group on diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior in the Honors Program and you are a first-generation college student, identify as LGBTQIA+, or identify as a student of color, please consider volunteering for a focus group and sharing your experience. The group will meet on Tuesday, October 18th from 4:30-5:30 pm in room 107 or Arts and Letters. Darrick Tovar-Murray will facilitate the conversation, and a light dinner will be served. If you have questions about the event, please email Honors Program Director Dr. Jennifer Conary at jennifer.conary@depaul.edu.

To sign-up for the Honors focus group, click here.


HumanitiesX

Here at the Honors program, we know that not all learning happens in the classroom. But we also understand the importance of academics and the nuanced learning experiences that can come with redefining the classroom. HumanitiesX is a program offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that brings students into the process of creating courses and is working to reimagine academia. Several of our very own honors students, Sergio Godinez, Yessica Pineda, and Lauren Rosenfeld, were among the six students selected for HumanitiesX last year and represented our honors community proudly. 

For a bit of background, HumanitiesX is a collaborative joining DePaul LAS faculty and students with partners from Chicago-area community organizations to create co-taught, project-based courses in the humanities that are then offered in spring quarter. Divided into three sections, these courses all focus on a shared annual theme, with last year’s theme being Immigration and Migration. The three groups were titled Children Seeking Asylum, Sharing Their Stories, and Geographies of Displacement. 

Sergio Godinez, one of the honors students in HumanitiesX, was kind enough to give us a little insight into what the program entails and the important work they accomplished. A sophomore double majoring in American Studies and Political Science with a minor in Spanish, Godinez worked on the Geographies of Displacement course alongside fellow honors student Yessica Pineda and LAS staff fellows Yuki Miyamoto and Kerry Ross, along with the Japanese Arts Foundation. With a personal connection to the theme through his maternal grandmother who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, Godinez was especially drawn to the issue of migration. He describes how this program offered a new way to explore this topic as well as a new lens through which to view academia as a whole. He explains, “This has allowed me to engage deeper with the content within my classes and make my contributions more thoughtful and fruitful. It has also been great to work behind the scenes of course creation.” He also highlights the significance of engaging critically with the humanities, illustrating how “The use of the humanities as a base to study these issues plays such a critical role. The humanities give students the chance to think creatively and think outside the bounds of traditional forms of thought… The world is a complex place to exist and navigate, and the humanities are fundamental in understanding and propelling human existence and its endeavors toward a better, brighter tomorrow.” He strongly advocates for courses like those created by HumanitiesX, saying “It gives students the chance to take what they’ve been learning beyond the classroom and apply themselves to the world around them. If DePaul wants to create the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, project-based learning must become the standard in education.” 

For those looking to get involved with HumanitiesX, there are many opportunities. Applications for Student Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year are now open and can be submitted through the Campus Job Board, which is closes on 10/10. Six undergrad/graduate students will be selected to receive a paid fellowship to explore this year’s theme The Environment: Crisis and Action. More information on applying can be found here, and any questions can be directed to the HumanitiesX Faculty Director Dr. Lisa Dush. 

Further, Godinez explains how “Each of our community partners is always looking for volunteers or interns to aid in their work. Each of them provides amazing opportunities to work in a variety of fields from social work, art, to healthcare.” And the annual nature of the HumanitiesX program provides countless opportunities for students to get involved, be it as a student in the classes or a student fellow. To check out HumanitiesX’s general page, click here. As Godinez emphasizes, “If students can’t fit it into their schedule this quarter or don’t personally resonate with the theme, there is always next year!” 


Diplomacy Virtual Conference

Join the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy in its virtual international conference: Diplomacy and the Future of Democracy: Transprofessional Responses to Contemporary Challenges on October 13-14, feature practitioners and scholars from Africa, North and South America, Europe and Oceana, including:

Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia / Stanford University

Nicholas Opiyo, Director, Chapter Four Uganda

Raquel Yrigoyen Fajardo, Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Sociedad, Lima

Christian Lequesne, Sciences Po, Paris

Wala’a Essam al-Boushi, former Minister of Youth and Sport, Sudan

Raj Shaw, RUSH University / Center for Community Health Equity, Chicago

Anna Popkova, Western Michigan University

Fabricio Chagas-Bastos, University of Copenhagen

Shailja Sharma, DePaul University

Nick Cull, University of Southern California

Andy Knight, University of Alberta

Access access the full conference schedule and RSVP here.


Course Offering: Junior Seminar in Multiculturalism

Honors Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, are you looking for a course to fulfill your HON 203/301 requirement? Check out Professor Jesse Mumm’s December intersession course Race and Space: Claims to Land, Claims to Selves.

How do our forms of belonging to places inform our forms of belonging to each other?  To be part of a ‘race’ has long meant belonging to – and therefore with – a group of people defined by ‘where they are from.’  Twentieth century Chicago codified this as neighborhoods that were segregated into racial supermajorities by state policies, market forces, and white vigilante violence.  Communities, ethnicities, and ‘races’ became synonymous with specific pieces of the urban landscape: Chinese Chinatown, Mexican Pilsen, Irish Bridgeport, Black Woodlawn, and so on, but a fuller story includes native land claims, and Chicago as a site of race mixing, long before the invention of segregation.  This course examines histories of inequity in the fabric of the city; at the same time looking at forms of radical resistance, place making, mutual aid, and redefining the meanings of kinship, race, gender and sexuality. You will read work by scholars in critical ethnic studies, history, law, sociology, and anthropology, balanced with memoirs, life histories, and writings by contemporary thinkers confronting racism and white supremacy today. Inhabiting place – and taking up space – on their own terms, this class explores how people have reshaped policies, color lines, and their own imaginations of who they are. 

Professor Mumm’s class will be hybrid, with in-person meetings from 9:30am-11:30am from Monday-Thursday, along with async content, from November 28 to December 8.


Freshman-Senior Meet-up

Do you want some insight on Honors classes and professors? Are you thinking about how to make the most out of your time at DePaul? Want to connect with other students in your college? Interested in tips and advice from students that have been in your shoes?

Then you don’t want to miss the Honors Program Freshman/Senior Meet Up!

The Freshman/Senior Meet Up is designed to connect you with Senior Honors students, and other first-year students in your college. You will have the opportunity to ask Honors seniors about their path at DePaul: classes they enjoyed, professors you must take a class with, their experiences with research, internships, study abroad, what they’re doing to prepare for life after DePaul, and more!

The Honors Program will provide an assortment of food, beverages, and desserts. All you need to do is show up with questions! And if you need a little help figuring out what to ask, we’ll provide you with some conversation starters too!

This event will be held on Monday, October 3 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on the 4th floor of Arts and Letters. Capacity is limited by college, so please register soon! Click here to register.

All students will receive 1 Honors Point for attending.


Speaker Event: Robert Yazzie

Join us as we welcome Judge Robert Yazzie for a conversation about culture and peacemaking as sources of healing and life!

Judge Yazzie is an internationally celebrated teacher, legal scholar, and storyteller who has been an important voice in developing an alternative approach to the exercise of law and justice based on traditional indigenous beliefs and principles.

This event will take place in Levan Center Room 100 and on Zoom on Mon, October 3, 2022 6:00pm – 8:00pm. To register, click here.

Cosponsored by the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program, The Center for Religion, Culture, and Community, Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning, the University Honors Program, and The Division of Mission and Ministry.


Student Assistant Position

Associate Professor Lisa J.M. Poirier from the Department of Religious Studies is looking for a new student assistant! The position would ideally be held for the next two years, and one of the primary tasks will be to create, design, and publish the ISD (Interdisciplinary Self-Designed MA/MS program) quarterly newsletter.  Highly capable and driven students with strong communication skills can apply by emailing Professor Poirier at lpoirier@depaul.edu.



The Spirit of DePaul Award

On September 1 at the annual academic convocation, our own Nancy Grossman was honored by receiving the Spirit of DePaul of Award.

The Spirit of DePaul Award highlights institutional Vincentian values and their relation to the achievement of DePaul’s mission, while personally honoring and recognizing members of the DePaul community for their leadership and service in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul.

We are so proud of Nancy for receiving this incredible honor, and it is well deserved. Nancy Grossman received her M.A. in The Teaching of Writing from Columbia College, Chicago, and her BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She began her career at DePaul in 1987 as a part-time instructor in the English department, transitioning to a faculty-staff position in the Honors Program in 2002. During her time in the Honors Program, Nancy’s initiatives included the Honors Student Government, the Honors Ambassador Program, the Honors Living and Learning Community, and the Honors Student Conference. Nancy advises Honors students in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and oversees student research initiatives and alumni engagement. Her debut novel, A World Away, was published in 2012 by Disney/Hyperion. Nancy teaches creative writing and young adult literature courses for the English department, as well as the Senior Capstone in service learning for the Honors Program. She was the recipient of the Gerald D. Paetsch Academic Advising Award in 2011 and, of course, the Spirit of DePaul Award in 2022. 

Our Honors community is very lucky to have such an inspiring member and leader as Nancy, and we are so proud of her amazing achievements. Congratulations Nancy!