Honors News

June 15, 2021

Message about Israel-Palestine and LGBTQ Pride Month

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Dear Honors community,  As the academic year comes to a close, we reach out to emphasize our intention and commitment to stay in communication with our community, to dialogue and sustain thoughtful action-oriented learning, and as our mission statement relays, engage with the complexities of difference and diversity and to take leadership roles in navigating...

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June 14, 2021

Class of 2021 Honors Huskies

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There are many roads to distinction as a UW undergrad. Students might earn a spot in GPA-based honors societies (like PhiBetaKappa) or designations like Suma Cum Laude, President’s Medals, Rhodes Scholars, and more. Hundreds of undergrads participate in unique research and community projects, serve in student government, lead organizations. There are competitive and collaborative awards...

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June 9, 2021

Jacob Cooper Wins Teaching Award in Honors

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By Christina Wardwell While classes have been online for most of the year, students seek out teachers that can overcome difficult circumstances and deliver exciting material to keep students involved in school. Each year, students nominate a UW professor that they think challenges and inspires Honors students across every major. The teacher with the most...

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May 26, 2021

Courtney Hooks on Unlearning Poverty

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Junior Courtney Hooks signed up for Vicky Lawson’s Abolishing Poverty class to understand the reasons for housing instability. Based on her family’s experiences, she had a sense of the relationship between race, criminal justice and housing instability. “This class definitely illuminated something my family and I knew existed, but couldn’t name. … By being able to name things...

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April 22, 2021

The Work Continues for Accountability and Justice

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President Cauce’s blog here invites us to reflect on the verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial and the need for continued action. Accountability, in this case, has happened in the sense that Derek Chauvin was held accountable for murdering George Floyd. However, there is more work to be done to achieve justice, while one person was...

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March 4, 2021

Congratulations to our new President’s medalists

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The Honors community congratulates this year’s (2019-2020) President’s Medalists, who are all pursuing their undergraduate degrees at UW with Interdisciplinary Honors. Learn more about Sam Colgan, Natasha Lavides and Nuria Alina Chandra, and the President’s Medal awards.

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March 1, 2021

Passionate Policy Powerhouses

May and Sam Lim at LA Women's March, holding signs of support with their parents and sister.

Samson (Sam) and May Lim are a pair of world-changing UW graduates who’ve continually impressed the Honors community with their compassion, curiosity, and devotion to social justice. They also just happen to be brother and sister.  Sam graduated from UW in 2010 with a B.A. in International Studies and May graduated in 2016 with College...

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February 10, 2021

Defining success on your own terms, by Juliana Villegas

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Keynote address at UW’s 2020 commencement ceremony for first-generation undergraduate and graduate students (across all majors). Written and delivered by Dr. Juliana Villegas, Associate Director of UW Honors Program (Seattle campus) and Assistant Affiliate Professor of English. It’s a pleasure to be here with you in community, and I am honored to have been asked...

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February 9, 2021

Interview with producer of Digital Humanities Day

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“What can you do with a humanities or social sciences degree? What does it mean to study the liberal arts in the current moment?” These questions come up often in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, so we were excited to see the Digital Humanities Day announcement for February 20, from 11am-1pm PT.  The online event (supported by the Husky Seed Fund and...

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November 30, 2020

Marium Raza, “pre-med humanist”

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Interdisciplinary Honors senior Marium Raza was featured in UW’s October issue of “Perspectives” Newsletter for her outstanding contributions to public health whilst studying at the University of Washington. Marium recently attributed much of her success at UW to her participation in the Honors community, where she says she feels inspired and challenged by students and...

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