Course Offering: Junior Seminar in Multiculturalism

Honors Juniors and Seniors, are you looking for a course to fulfill your HON 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.


Applications Open for Honors LLC Floor Representative

Looking for a chance to earn Honors Leadership?

Being an Honors Floor Rep is one of the few opportunities for Honors freshmen to assume a leadership position and earn Honors Leadership (one of the three required tiers for Distinction). It’s also a rewarding chance to participate in the Honors community and help your peers! Here’s a rundown of the position and its responsibilities:

Honors Floor Representatives communicate on behalf of students living in the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC).

As an Honors Floor Rep, you work with the Honors faculty and the Honors Student Government to best meet the needs of students and help improve the program for future students.

Responsibilities include:

  • Demonstrating leadership and building connections with LLC students
  • Attending HSG meetings
  • Promoting Honors events and encouraging student participation
  • Receive feedback from students on their experiences and communicate this feedback with HSG and Honors faculty
  • Welcoming prospective Honors students alongside Honors ambassadors
  • Hosting and planning quarterly study sessions for finals week
  • Hosting a quarterly event for LLC students that
    • Builds community
    • Teaches students about the Honors Program or greater DePaul
    • Engages students with events and activities organized by Honors

If you would like to apply, please fill out the following attachment and submit a statement of interest to hsgdpu@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 4th. We look forward to hearing from you!


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.


Join Our Team!

For about the past year, Allison and I have been working to strengthen and promote the Honors blog as a helpful source for students. In continuing our mission to build the blog, we want to welcome other students to contribute to the blog’s content. We would love to see more student input on classes, extracurriculars, and any personal passions. Students in the past have submitted reviews of movies, lists of favorite activities around the city, and even rankings of their favorite snacks. The sky is the limit!

We plan to build a team of regular student contributors, so if writing for the blog seems like that seems interesting to you, please reach out at dpuhonorsblog@gmail.com. We plan to host monthly meeting to collaborate with fellow writers and brainstorm/schedule pieces, so please fill out this form https://depaul.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_43dNWRpROizR2su so we can plan our next meeting! The more voices we have, the better the blog is able to represent the Honors student experience, and we hope to see you soon!


Global Justice Teach-In

The Society of Vincent DePaul Professors’ Global Justice committee invites you to participate in the the third annual Global Justice Teach-In. This day-long event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to come together to discuss and reflect on social justice issues facing our society as we begin our new academic year. As a part of Vincentian Heritage Week 2022, the aim of this event is to call attention to current social justice issues, discuss potential solutions, and re-energize one another in our ongoing social justice work.

The Teach-In will be held on Friday, September 23 from 10:00am – 5:00pm CDT via zoom. To register and for more information, click here.


Service Opportunity: Chicago Marathon Volunteer

Looking for a service opportunity? Want to participate in a city tradition? Every year, the Honors Student government leads a volunteer event at the Chicago Marathon. We’re continuing the tradition this year, and our service committee is currently looking for interested students. The marathon will be on Sunday, October 9th. As volunteers, students will help set up their stations, pass out water to runners, and cheer people on. This is always a favorite service activity for us and it’s a great way to experience the marathon if you’re new to Chicago (you can also get an Honors Point for attending!). If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact hsgdpu@gmail.com by September 30th! You can also reach out to either of our service committee chairs, Joana Diaz or Gabriella Hoover. We hope to see you there!


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.


Food With Faculty!

The Honors Program invites you to the first ever Food with Faculty! This is a unique opportunity to get to know your faculty and enjoy the company of your fellow students. You can use this time to ask your faculty about the courses they teach, their academic interests, your shared interests, career paths, or what they like to do when they’re not teaching!

This event will be held on the second floor of Arts and Letters Hall on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:00pm-6:00pm, and delicious appetizers and beverages will be provided . All students will receive 1 Honors Point for attending. To register for Food with Faculty, click here.


Honors Career Workshop

What sets you apart from other Honors students? What is your Talent DNA?

The Honors Program is teaming up with the Career Center to help you explore your strengths and enhance your career development journey. Come meet new Honors colleagues and have fun as you identify your unique talents and spruce up your resume with some career strength activities!

The Honors Career Workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 27th from 6:00pm-7:00pm in room 211 of Arts and Letters. To register for the workshop, click here.


Neural Processing of Conspiracy Theories

The Honors Program invites you to “Neural processing of conspiracy theories: The role of nonliteral language and individual differences” with Professor Sandra Virtue. Dr. Virtue is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Associate Director of the Neuroscience Program in DePaul’s College of Science and Health. Her current research focuses on the role of the right hemisphere in processing conspiracy theories and the hemispheric processing of nonliteral language.

This event will be held on Friday, September 23 from 2:00-3:00 in Room 154 of the Schmitt Academic Center. To register, click here. We hope to see you there!