Shamrock Shuffle Event

Believe it or not, February is already coming to a close. No need to fret, however, because HSG has student events already planned for March!

The Honors Student Government Service Committee will be having a volunteer opportunity at this year’s Shamrock Shuffle, Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day run. For anyone who was able to volunteer at the Chicago Marathon earlier this year, the Shamrock Shuffle will operate in a similar way. Volunteers will help staff set up the event and cheer for runners along the way! Participants will get an honors point and a free Shamrock Shuffle t-shirt.

The service event will be from 6:30-11:30 AM on March 20th in Grant Park.

To register, visit their website

For more information, contact

2022 Honors Symposium

Accepting proposals until February 5th at midnight

Do you want an opportunity to showcase your work and receive feedback? The Honors Council of the Illinois Region is hosting its annual symposium over Zoom on February 26th.

Undergraduate students can present their research thesis and receive meaningful feedback. Participating students are even eligible to win awards up to $250 for their presentation. This is not only a chance for students to hone their research and presentation skills but also an opportunity to meet other honors students from the Illinois area with similar interests and career goals.

Students must submit their research proposal and register for the event by midnight on February 5th. The event will be held on February 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM CT.

For more information on the symposium and how to apply, visit the official website

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year, Honors students and staff!

We hope everyone enjoyed their Winter break and that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. The start of Winter Quarter 2022 might not be how many of us anticipated, but rest assured that everyone in the Honors program is here to ensure your success and well-being during this period of remote learning. Honors Student Government will still be hosting biweekly meetings over Zoom to discuss future events and to hear the needs of Honors students (more info can be found here). Remote Honors advising is also open for any students wanting to talk through their schedules and needs. Advising appointments can be made through BlueStar Student Support on your Campus Connect page.

HSG is also interested in hearing about how students spent their break! If you have any pictures or fun stories you want to share from break, please feel free to DM them to @hsgdpu on Instagram or email them to You can also reach out to Honorable Mentions if you would like to write about your experience over break for the Winter quarter edition.

We hope everyone has a fantastic and safe start to the new quarter and the new year!

For more information on DePaul’s COVID-19 protocols and resources, visit:

Make sure to also reach out to your individual professors to follow their plans for instruction during the first two weeks of remote learning

Winter Quarter 2022 Update

Hi Honors Students, 

I’m sure most of you are aware of the latest news regarding Winter Quarter classes, but in case you have not seen the email from DePaul’s president: the first two weeks of the quarter (from January 3rd to January 15th) are going to be online. Campus buildings and residence halls will be open during this time, but all classes are going to be remote.* 

This comes as somewhat of a shock, albeit understandable with the unpredictable nature of the newest omicron variant, and is undoubtedly disheartening for many who have enjoyed the return to in-person classes and campus events. After a year and a half of Zoom classes, many students are likely just hoping for a return to some sense of pre-COVID normalcy, a normalcy that for now may have to wait. 

The good news is that, as of now, this is only a two-week commitment and not a whole quarter or whole year declaration. Hopefully, these two weeks will give the university ample time to prepare safety measures and protocol so that students can return to in-person classes for the duration of the quarter. Now more than ever is a time to be extra vigilant in following safety precautions and taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Since many students are likely travelling this holiday season, make sure to do so safely and responsibly. Please take care of yourselves and others this holiday season, and we look forward to seeing everybody back in January. 

*The Theatre School has said that all rehearsals and shop activities will remain in-person during this time period. 

If you want to see the president’s official statement, visit:

For more information on DePaul’s COVID guidelines and safety tips, visit:

Honorable Mentions Autumn Quarter 2021

The latest edition of Honorable Mentions is here! Congratulations to the writers, artists, journalists, and photographers whose work is featured.  And a huge thanks to Julia Matuszek and Ben Stumpe, the editors who pulled it all together for us and created this beautiful publication. Check out the Autumn 2021 edition of the newsletter below.

Welcome to Professor Darry Powell-Young

by Jade Ryerson

The Honors Program is excited to introduce Prof. Darry Powell-Young (he/him). He comes to DePaul from Wayne State University, where he is completing his Ph.D. in Political Science. Prior to coming to DePaul, he taught at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

In the fall of 2021, Prof. Powell-Young will teach a section of HON 208/302 focused on Race & Urban Public Policy, which will provide “an in-depth look at different ways to consider race and political representation in America and how race has been intertwined with policy development in the 20th and 21st centuries.” After a year of teaching online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prof. Powell-Young is eager to get back into the classroom in the fall. He is excited to teach HON 208 as an in-person seminar, since he greatly enjoys engaging students in critical dialogue, assisting in shaping their opinions about various topics, and helping them to be socially aware. Teaching online required a big adjustment for Prof. Powell-Young, since he has been teaching in-person for a decade. His first teaching job was at his own alma mater, Lincoln Park High School. After teaching there for three years, he continued to teach throughout his time in graduate school. He has taught courses about American politics, urban politics, and social science research methods and statistics.

The topics of these courses closely align with Prof. Powell-Young’s own research interests. Focusing on Chicago Public Schools and the city’s system of mayoral control in particular, his dissertation investigates whether city mayors affect academic achievement among Black male students. He discovered that mayoral control does impact academic achievement, especially as it relates to financing and different levels of funding for schools across the city, and his research supports the city’s transition to a fully elected school board, an issue that state lawmakers voted and passed a bill on in June 2021.

Prof. Powell-Young plans to extend his research to different cities, including the District of Columbia where the school board is modeled on Boston and Chicago’s system of mayoral control. In addition to researching education in the nation’s capital, Prof. Powell-Young hopes to work there one day. He wants to become a policy analyst for secondary and post-secondary education in the U.S. Department of Education and work his way up to become a Director in the Office for Civil Rights.

Prof. Powell-Young’s lifelong passion for education was instilled in him at an early age by his mother, father, and grandmother. He remembers that his family has always been pro-education, advocating for it as a “ticket to whatever you want to do in life.” He attributes where he is today to all of their love and support. Similarly, he has been fascinated by politics since a young age. He recalls being the only ten-year-old he knew who avidly watched Meet the Press.

In addition to keeping his nose to the grindstone, Prof. Powell-Young’s mother provided him with one of his all-time favorite memories. She surprised him with tickets to the Price is Right for his twenty-first birthday. He was even one of the first four contestants and played Cliff Hangers for kitchen appliances, although he lost by five dollars. He fondly remembers spinning the big wheel, but went over by a dime.

Originally from the South Shore neighborhood, Prof. Powell-Young is excited to be back home in Chicago. He’s looking forward to spending time with friends and hitting up Navy Pier—where he had his first job at a Häagen-Dazs—to see how things have changed. Until he takes Washington by storm, we at DePaul can count ourselves lucky to have him. Welcome, Prof. Powell-Young!

(Prof. Powell-Young will also be teaching PSC 223 Urban Politics in the fall. Tell your friends!)

Lead For America Fellowship

Lead For America Fellowship 

Lead For America works to ensure that our nation’s most dynamic and diverse leaders are working on our communities’ toughest challenges. Our core program is a paid two-year Fellowship for outstanding leaders to work on the toughest challenges facing local governments and nonprofits nationwide, particularly in Fellows’ hometowns and communities struggling to attract and retain talent.

Why should you apply for the Fellowship?

Get hands-on experience tackling the toughest challenges facing our country. From coordinating resources to tackle the opioid crisis in rural West Virginia to designing affordable housing policy in East Los Angeles, our Fellows are truly working on the most intractable issues facing our country. Through a Lead For America Fellowship, you address these overwhelming issues on a local level with direct collaboration with local leaders. With this approach, your impact is tangible, rooted in community, and large enough to truly change lives. 

Receive training from leading institutions. All Fellows receive two weeks of graduate-level public administration, leadership and equity training prior to beginning their Fellowships. In our previous years, this training has been led by partners and staff at the UNC School of Government, the Harvard Kennedy School, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities, Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life, and Georgetown University’s Baker Center for Leadership & Governance. All Fellows also meet up for three-weekend retreats over the course of the two years.

Join a cohort of incredible peers. Our first class of 100 Fellows are serving in 26 states nationwide. Over half are people of color, 60% are women, 1/3 are first-generation college students, and more than 40% were pell-grant recipients in college. 1/3 of our Fellows are also serving in rural communities and towns of less than 10,000 people, adding to the experience of the entire cohort. The class includes Truman, Gates & Udall Scholars, Marine Corps Veterans, D1 Athletes, and former Student Body Presidents.

Help co-create a growing, national program. Lead For America’s goal is to train, place, and support 50,000 leaders by 2040. We are on track to have more than 200 Fellows by this fall, and to scale up to 1,000 Fellows in the next 3 years. Our Fellows serve at every level of our organization, including our National Board of Directors. Help us shape the program for years to come!

Launch your career as a civic leader. Lead For America is less about what happens during the first two years than it is about building a community of lifelong civic leaders. We don’t just say this––we put resources behind it! From a digital alumni network and alumni reunions to training and financial support for alumni who decide to launch nonprofits and businesses or even run for office, we will focus on helping you advance in your leadership and service for the rest of your life.

Fellowship. American Connection Corps Fellow – This year, Lead For America formed a partnership with Land O’Lakes and the American Connection Project to address America’s widespread disparities in access to affordable, high speed internet. Through this partnership, we have created the American Connection Corps (ACC), which will be the nation’s largest fellowship program focused on bridging the digital divide. This new fellowship will mobilize fifty young change-makers to serve in select states for a two-year pilot initiative where they will coordinate broadband development & digital inclusion locally, and across the country. Read more here:

Interested? Learn More and Apply Today!

Learn More: Lead for America Website

Get to Know Us and Ask Your Questions: Email us at

Apply Today: Apply here by June 15th at 11:59pm PST to learn more and join the Lead for America 2021 Fellowship cohort

Asonye, Ciara

We were pulled over on Saturday

Flickering red and blue light flood the interior of the car. Everything is still and silent.

And in that moment I remember my father’s words: “Find your way home safely”

We were pulled over on Saturday.

And in that moment, under the glowing lights of the police car, under the darkness of our skin,

Kristian’s face begins to look a lot like Trayvon’s.

No, maybe Philando, no, Tamir, no, Freddie, no, George.

We were pulled over on Saturday.

And in that moment we, as all black children do, remember 400 years of directions: “Find your way home safely”

“Keep your hands up”

“Do not demand your dignity.”

“Do not assert your personhood”

We were pulled over on Saturday.

The cop spews venom from his eyes, almost as if to say

“You’re young, you’re black, can’t you see this is all you’ll ever know?” “That we will never see you as a man?”

“That this powerlessness should feel as familiar as your own shadow?”

We were pulled over on Saturday.

With the prayers of our parents ringing in our ears,

The names of black men and women caught in our throats. We drive home in silence,

This time.