Photos from the 2022 Honors Conference

2022 has been a year of triumph, well earned after two hard-fought years of resilience and perseverance. For me and many other students, this year has been the first opportunity to see how so many of DePaul’s, and specifically the Honors program’s, annual traditions and events are supposed to look. Zoom has become somewhat second nature at this point, but in-person conversation and community building is difficult to replicate.

Among our return to in-person events have been our biweekly HSG meetings, the Honors Ball, the Honors senior gala, and the Honors Student Research Conference. This year’s conference was the first in-person conference in two years and the first conference for many students and Honors faculty. Our many talented and brilliant Honors students presented the best of their work from their Honors classes to fellow students, professors, and family members. Below are some pictures from the event. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and congratulations to those who presented!


The Newberry Library’s Undergraduate Seminar: My Experience

I often find myself somewhat haphazardly filling out applications for things sent to me through email. Any Honors student is well aware of just how many of these emails are sent; the network of opportunities is part of the Honors Program’s draw, after all. Granted, my impetus is usually an “Eh, why not?” when it comes to applying for said opportunities, but it is an approach that has yet to fail me.

So when I saw an email Fall Quarter about an opportunity for Honors students to study at the Newberry Library for class credit, I filled out the application immediately. I like libraries and my major is dependent on research and historical analysis so it seemed like the program would be a good fit. Once again I asked myself the reliable “Eh, why not?”, wrote my cover letter, and submitted my application without a second thought. Resume building in action.

As I would learn later, the Newberry Library hosts an undergraduate research seminar every year during DePaul’s Winter and Spring quarters. The seminar brings students from DePaul, Loyola, Roosevelt, and UIC to learn about an annual topic relating to Chicago’s history and craft their own research thesis paper. (P.S: To myself and to any other prospective applicants–you will have to write a 20 page research paper by the end of the seminar!) Students have the opportunity to speak with Newberry staff and get a glimpse into the operations of an archive and research library.

The Newberry Library is an internationally renowned public research library located in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. It houses documents that date back to Renaissance Europe!

Right off the bat, a 20 page research essay seems intimidating–and make no mistake, it is a lot of work–but you have a lot of time to think it out and work on it. Because this is a cross-university class, it takes an entire semester. The first half, roughly lining up with DePaul’s Winter Quarter, is focused on teaching you about Chicago’s history through primary and secondary documents (we read real recorded speeches from Eugene Debs as well as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, for example). The second half of the class is dedicated to independent research and actually tackling the beast that is the essay. Though it’s called independent research, there’s a wide swath of people at the Newberry dedicated to helping you find resources and giving you research advice, especially since they know you’re a student who is new to the archives. Here’s a little pro-tip by the way: always talk to a librarian. Not only are they lovely people, but they are guaranteed to help you out on any project you’re working on.

Since the 2022 seminar was specifically about Chicago’s history of migration, I decided to write my research paper on Italian immigration and their participation in the Leftist movements of the early 20th century. Coming from an Italian family myself, I wanted to honor the story of immigration and activism that came from Italy. The Newberry’s archive had plenty of cool stuff: a hand-written letter from Bartolomeo Vanzetti to Eugene Debs, Italian-language IWW pamphlets, and immigration political cartoons. They even have an entire online archive of foreign-language newspapers from Chicago’s immigrant communities translated to English, a resource I utilized for my paper quite a lot. I am interested in archive work, so I certainly appreciated the opportunity to navigate the Newberry’s methods of organization and conservation. Thanks to their helpful staff and the professors leading the seminar, I was able to produce a final paper that I was proud of and can happily add to my writing portfolio.

Immigrants played a significant role in labor movements like the IWW. I explored these contributions in my NLUS research paper.

The NLUS Seminar is certainly a commitment. I wasn’t aware of how much work goes into an intensive research paper before applying, but I definitely felt it firsthand in the second half of the class. If you’re a history major or if research is up your alley then I would definitely recommend this class. If research is NOT your thing, maybe steer clear. I was also surprised by how much fun was infused into the class. I got to meet a wide range of people from different schools and years and majors and I left the experience with some new friends. By far the best part of the class was getting to meet Stephen Wade, a Newberry fellow who studies and performs folk music (and played the banjo in Spongebob, no big deal). I feel there’s not a lot of publicization about the NLUS seminar, but it’s definitely something worth checking out, especially for Honors students with a passion for history. Keep an eye out next Fall for application information if you’re interested! And, as always, if you have any questions about the program then feel free to reach out to me!


Apply to be an Honorable Mentions Editor!

Calling all writers and designers! The Honors Program is seeking creative students to serve as editors for our quarterly newsletter, Honorable Mentions.

The DePaul University Honors Program is committed to producing a quality quarterly newsletter created by and for its students. The Honorable Mentions newsletter provides a forum for announcements and information about Honors activities and students, serves as a voice for student and faculty views on important (and unimportant!) issues, and provides opportunities for displaying the creative works of Honors students. The Honorable Mentions newsletter is also designed to generate interest in Honors events and keep students and faculty up-to-date and involved in the Honors Program. The editor position is a year-long commitment.

Currently, The Honors Program is seeking to fill the following two editor positions:

  • Content Editor
  • Layout and Design Editor

 Honorable Mentions Editors have the following responsibilities:

  • Plan for the content and layout of each newsletter
  • Write articles and solicit work from Honors students
  • Produce one newsletter per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Attend Honors events
  • Meet deadlines
  • Assist with newsletter distribution

Only students who have achieved Honors Partnership by earning 10 Honors Points are eligible to apply for an Honorable Mentions Editor position. 

Editors receive a quarterly stipend of $200.00 in Fall, Winter, and Spring. 

If contributing to the Honorable Mentions newsletter as an editor is something that interests you, please complete and submit the attached application. In addition to your application, please provide a short statement of your qualifications and vision for the newsletter and 2-3 samples of your writing and/or 3-4 graphic design samples.

Applications and materials are due, via email or in-person, by Monday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm to the Honors Program Office, Arts & Letters Hall, Suite 210Click here for the application. Decisions will be made before the end of the spring quarter. If you have any questions about the editor position, please email Mary Kate Turek at mturek3@depaul.edu.


All You Need to Know About Honors Student Government

Honors Student Government is the foundational backbone of the Honors experience at DePaul. Through HSG leadership, Honors students are introduced to the wide array of people and opportunities within the program. For those outside of the Honors Student Government board, HSG might seem to be just a biweekly obligation, but what exactly do Honors officers do and how do they contribute to your experience as an Honors student?

As a member of HSG myself–I currently serve as the Communications Director–I want to give a breakdown of each position on the board and how you can become involved in HSG yourself. We are a democracy, after all!


The Positions

President

Obviously, the president of Honors Student Government is the highest elected position. The president is responsible for overseeing other board members, organizing and leading the biweekly HSG meetings, communicating with Honors faculty and students, and writing a quarterly letter in Honorable Mentions, among other responsibilities. In many ways, the HSG president serves as a representative for the whole Honors program. A prospective president should therefore have excellent communication and leadership skills. According to the current Honors constitution, to be elected president one must also have previously served as another position on the Honors Student Government board for at least one year.

Vice-President/Treasurer

As the second in command, the Vice President helps the president with their responsibilities as well as their own individual responsibility of keeping track of HSG’s financial needs and event costs. The Vice President is also expected to take attendance at all HSG meetings and fulfill the role of President should the President be unable to attend a meeting or event.

Communications Director

The Director of Communications is responsible for managing and creating content for HSG’s social media presence. As of now, HSG has both an Instagram and Twitter page to which the Communications Director posts. It’s their job to spread information and publicize Honors events as well as to get feedback and encourage participation from students in the program.

Academic Representatives

There are two academic representatives on the Honors Student Government e-board and they are responsible for communicating the needs and concerns of students to the Honors faculty and staff. If students have an area of interest they want to be represented in an Honors class, for example, they would reach out to the HSG Academic Representatives. The representatives may hold various events throughout the year like study groups, town halls, or letter writing.

Social Co-Chairs

There are two Social Committee Chairs in HSG who are responsible for coming up with and planning social events for students of the Honors program. Past events have included movie nights, arts and craft sessions, and the annual Honors Ball. The Social Chairs work alongside the Communications Director to spread the word about events and generate program interest.

Service Co-Chairs

There are two Service Committee Chairs in HSG who, like the Social Co-Chairs, generate ideas for service opportunities and work alongside charities and organizations to spread information on causes or events. Past volunteer opportunities have included handing out water to runners in the Chicago Marathon, giving out candy at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and working alongside BeTheMatch to find eligible bone marrow donors.

Ambassador Co-Chairs

There are two Ambassador Co-Chairs on each year’s e-board. HSG’s ambassadors are responsible for advertising and promoting the Honors Program to prospective DePaul students. They attend admission events, help train student guides, and talk directly to incoming students themselves.


Participating in Honors Student Government is a great way to gain leadership experience, allows you to connect with other students in the program, and earns you Honors Leadership–putting you one step closer to graduating with Honors Distinction. Any student who has already earned 10 Honors Points–thereby earning Honors Partnership–is eligible to run for HSG office.

The elections for the 2022-2023 e-board will be held on May 20th at 3:30. If you’re interested in putting your name on the ballot, reach out to Priscilla Bautista with the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Year in School in Fall 2022 (Sophomore, Junior, Senior)
  • Position you are interested in
  • Paragraph detailing why you want this position and why you would be a good fit
  • At least one idea/initiative that you would like to contribute to HSG in this role

If you would like to see the current 2021-2022 e-board, visit our HSG page


LGBTQ Studies Creative and Scholarly Works Prize

As many of you know, the Honors Program has provided several courses over the past year centered on topics pertaining to the LGBTQ community and queer identity. If you have taken one of these classes or if you have a piece of writing related to LGBTQ studies, you may want to consider applying for the Creative and Scholarly Works Prize offered by the department of LGBTQ Studies. One graduate student and one undergraduate student will be selected to win a prize of $250 and will be published in the undergraduate journal, Creating Knowledge.

Submissions are due to bborich@depaul.edu by Friday, May 27th.

For more information, contact lgbtqstudies@depaul.edu


A Song for Cesar: Virtual Screening and Panel Discussion

On May 4, DePaul is hosting a free virtual screening of a wonderful new documentary called A Song for Cesar, and on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), there will be a follow-up virtual panel discussion to discuss both the film and the relation between the arts and social justice.  

In addition to the two movie directors, the panelists will include civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Davíd Carrasco (Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of Latin America at Harvard University), John Phillip Santos (Distinguished Senior Lecturer at UT San Antonio and the first Mexican-American Rhodes Scholar), Manuela Gomez (award-winning and socially-engaged philosophy professor), and Ryan Christopher Jones (NYT photojournalist and anthropologist).  

Click here to register.


IA@SOUTH AFRICA: Race, Ethnicity, & Housing

Identities Abroad is offering a course titled American and South African Apartheid that will be taught in fall 2022 followed by travel to South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town) during the December intersession. The deadline to apply is May 1. 

Identity Abroad courses promote study abroad opportunities to first-generation, and African American and Latinx students and include a $1,500 stipend/scholarship for those who are eligible. 

The course focuses on factors governing the residential patterns of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States and South Africa, and the impact of these residential patterns on life chances and opportunities in American and South African societies.  Where one lives determines access to quality educational opportunities, health care, and employment.  It also affects proximity to crime, environmental hazards, and the development of mainstream cultural competencies.  Residential patterns are often explained as resulting from individual choice, however, racial discrimination and violence, and biases in government housing policies and mortgage lending practices have had an enduring effect and have affected access to societal resources on an equal basis.  Although laws governing residential patterns have changed, the legacies of past policies and practices remain, and continually replicate socio-economic and political disparities between whites and racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. and South Africa.

Join Dr. Valerie C. Johnson for a virtual information session on Tuesday, April 26:  https://depaul.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlcO6spzsiG9fMek3oW_1AbBLGOkvmZrT6


26th Annual Latinx Graduation

Registration is now open for the Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity’s 26th Annual Latinx Graduation. Planned by students and faculty from DePaul’s Center for Latino Research, the graduation ceremony is a chance to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Latino students. The event will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 5:00 in LPSC Room 120 A/B or over Zoom. If you would like to attend the event in person, register by May 19th. If you would like to speak at the ceremony, send in a 400-650 word copy of your speech to latinxgraduation@depaul.edu for consideration. For more information, visit their official page.


TEDxDePaul: Carlos Roqués

After having to cancel the event in 2020 and streaming it virtually in 2021, TEDxDePaul is making a triumphant in-person return this year! For six years, DePaul has hosted its own TED event where current students, alumni, and staff are chosen to present on a pre-decided theme. The theme for 2022’s TEDxDepaul is “Metamorphosis”.

Selected to speak this year are six representatives of the DePaul community demonstrating diversity in ages, occupations, and academic pursuits. Among this year’s speakers is Carlos Roqués, a current sophomore in DePaul’s Honors Program. I reached out to Carlos to ask him about his preparation process and what he anticipates for the event.


What’s your year and major at DePaul? Do you have a double-major or minor that you’re pursuing?

“I am a sophomore Animation major with a minor in philosophy.”

How did you hear about the DePaul TEDx event and what persuaded you to apply?

“I was home during winter break and saw it pop on my DePaul Newsline feed, with nothing else to do I figured I’d apply.”

Without giving too much away, what are you planning to discuss and present at the convention?

“My presentation revolves around the animation industry; where it came from, where it is, and where it’s going. But also, the impact it’s had on my life, and why I believe it is such an influential art medium.”

What does the theme “metamorphosis” mean to you and how does it connect to your topic? Why do you feel that this is prescient to our current moment?

“Metamorphosis is essential to life; we are all a result of the changes we’ve undergone. My talk examines the metamorphosis animation has gone through and how I believe it should change in the future, but also my own personal metamorphosis as a result of my upbringing surrounded by cartoons.”

 Have any of your experiences in the Honors program been helpful in the preparation process for TEDx? Do you feel like, through this experience, you’re gaining skills that will be applicable to your future?

“Many of the Honors classes I’ve taken have given me a much deeper understanding of topics and issues that would have otherwise never had occurred to me. A standout was Philosophical Inquiry with Prof. Walker, it opened my eyes to the global struggle for equality and the colonial roots of Western hegemony. Honors classes have made me a much stronger writer, which has helped in the process of creating this TED talk. I am confident that these courses will have prepared me for entering the entertainment industry.”

What do you hope to get out of this experience and what do you hope your audience walks away with?

“I’m just hoping to just create some positive dialogue and that the audience walks away with a greater appreciation for animation.”

What are you excited about? Nervous?

“So incredibly nervous! But excited to get up on stage and have some fun.”

Would you suggest participating in TEDx to future Honors students? What advice would you give them?

“I encourage all Honors students to apply next year! My advice would be to find something you’re truly passionate about and take a stand on it, or reveal something no one has thought about yet. Be creative and be yourself.”


Thanks so much to Carlos for answering our questions! If you want to hear Carlos and other members of the DePaul community speak at TEDxDePaul, visit the official website


DART Careers in Community Organizing 

Direct Action and Research Training (DART) is holding an online info session on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm EDT / 5 pm CDT to discuss careers in community organizing. All DePaul students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating by December 2022. Sign up at www.thedartcenter.org/rsvp

DART trains professional organizers and community organizations how to work for social, economic and racial justice, including:
* Holding police departments accountable
* Shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lenders
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights

Associate Community Organizer positions start August 8, 2022 and January 16, 2023 in cities below.
Starting salary $42,500-$44,000 + benefits.
Florida: Bradenton, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Petersburg
Kansas: Kansas City
South Carolina: Columbia, Greenville
Virginia: Charlottesville, Richmond

Lead Community Organizer positions start summer 2022 in cities below. Starting salary $50,000-$70,000 + benefits.
Florida: Melbourne, Fort Myers 
Kansas: Wichita
Nebraska: Lincoln

DART organizations are diverse coalitions including many low- and moderate-income, minority and immigrant communities. They strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers and DACA recipients, to apply. To apply or learn more about DART, visit www.thedartcenter.org and find us on instagram and facebook @theDARTcenter. Still have questions? Contact hannah@thedartcenter.org or 202.841.0353.