Honors News

December 8, 2022

Global Challenges speaker, Dean Spade, named “Freedom Scholar”

Dean Spade, Professor of Law at Seattle University (he/him/his)

The Honors Program is excited to congratulate our colleague at SPU, Dean Spade, for his recent recognition by the Casey Foundation as a “Freedom Scholar.” Spade, a renowned local lawyer/educator/activist/media-maker, spoke with Alexis Harris and Ben Danielson on political engagements in a “Post-2020” world, at Honors’ annual public Global Challenges event. Spade works to transform...

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November 30, 2022

Natalie Stagnone making a beautiful impact

portrait of Natalie Stagnone

We are so excited to see our beloved alumna, Natalie Stagnone, continuing to make change in the lives of her community in Thurston county. See what Natalie’s Departmental Honors project has evolved into and, most importantly, what her hard work and passion for inclusion is doing to build diverse, compassionate connections and opportunities in our...

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November 21, 2022

Watch/listen: “The Politics of Place and Care.”

Photo of Global Challenges hosts/speakers

This was our first year featuring students as both moderator and Q&A coordinator for Honors’ signature public event. Our livestream of the event was recorded and is a great way to understand the mission of Honors as a student-centered HUB of interdisciplinary problem-solving at the University of Washington. Never miss another Global Challenges (or other)...

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October 24, 2022

Departmental Spotlight: Political Science

photo of Prof. Chichowski w/student mentees

Honors alumni, students and faculty recently spoke with the political science department’s news team about their participation in mentored learning experiences beyond the classroom, celebrating Rachel Cichowski as a winner of UW’s 2021 Research Mentor Award. My philosophy at its core is about empowering students to ask big real world questions and to build their...

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October 19, 2022

Honors expands our team with student staff

Honors staff portrait

by Carey Christie The Honors Program is run by tiny team who operate a micro liberal arts college and foster interdisciplinary community in our giant, top-rated public research university. What gets us up in the morning? Working with some of the world’s most thoughtful, engaged students from all different backgrounds. So, we are doubly excited...

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October 13, 2022

Honors peer mentoring commences!

by Shannon Hong One year after its launch, the Honors Peer Mentoring Program (HPMP) has over 80 mentors and mentees in its Fall 2022 Cohort! At our Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, students got to connect with their matches and learn more about the expectations for our program. How it all started Peer Educators, LLC Resident...

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October 3, 2022

Experiential education in action!

second beach at sunset

Field Studies Report: Oct. 3, 2022 – Aley Mills Willis We just wrapped up a successful second field excursion for our “Parks in Progress or Peril?” class: an exploration of the mission, values and future of the US National Park System. We definitely won the NW October weather lottery! This class is intended to inspire...

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September 13, 2022

Students show appreciation for Honors faculty

Jon Herron

by Shannon Hong Where did modern humans come from? When do people cooperate, when are they selfish, and why? Given what our society knows about evolution and genetics, should we take responsibility for guiding the evolutionary future of human populations? Jon Herron (Biology) helps students tackle these challenging questions and think like evolutionary scientists in...

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June 13, 2022

Vicky Lawson prepares for next adventure

Vicky retirement part with Ed Tina 2022

After more than three decades of service to the University of Washington, Vicky Lawson is retiring. Lawson, professor of geography and poverty researcher, has spent the past eight years directing the Honors Program, contributing to the deepening of its interdisciplinary focus and approach to intentional community building, innovative thinking and global citizenship. Read more about Vicky’s...

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A Tlingit Leader In The Making

Stephanie Masterman, a Departmental Honors student in American Indian Studies, is profiled in Perspectives, the UW College of Arts & Sciences magazine. Read more about her journey through college and the amazing projects she has taken on during her education, including her work protecting the Tlingit tribe’s subsistence rights and access to the sac roe...

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