As a living-learning program, student engagement within UH is strongly tied to the curriculum. Courses within the program from the Gateway course to the Vantage Point seminar are designed to help students engage in critical reflection about their college journey, connect with their peers, and learn about the world.
In addition to the curriculum, there are many co-curricular and social activities available to UH students:
UH Houses and House Cup
UH community members are grouped into one of four houses when they enter the program, based on their Gateway course. The houses are: House Denebola, House Altair, House Shaula, and House Eltanin, and the names represent navigational stars. Each year, the UH houses will complete in a house cup tournament to find connections in their house of students, gain points, and win prizes. Information on the houses and the house cup can be found here.
UH Workshops, Events, and Programs
UH staff and student groups offer events, programs, and workshops designed for students and by students. These workshops and initiatives will highlight and build on existing opportunities at UMD and provide UH specific conversations for students that address topics that are beneficial for or requested by students.
UH Advisory Board
The University Honors Student Advisory Board (UHSAB) is the primary source of student counsel to the UH Director. Its purposes include (a) fostering a positive and constructive relationship between the program's students and its staff and faculty; (b) advising on program-wide policies, procedures, and initiatives; (c) assisting in the planning and execution of program events, projects, and activities; (d) liaising with other groups associated with the program (e.g., Peer Academic Leaders, Student Life Council, Faculty Advisory Board); and (e) representing the program on behalf of the student community.
Student Life Council
The UH Student Life Council is a group of University Honors students dedicated to deepening and diversifying student engagement through innovative programming, events, and initiatives. The objective of the Student Life Council is to plan events, activities, and opportunities for University Honors students to engage and interact with each other, the campus, and the greater community. The Student Life Council recruits new members each fall.
Peer Mentor Network
The Peer Mentor Network has programs to provide tutoring in subjects where they have demonstrated success, student-centered advice by major (e.g., recommended instructors, course sequencing), and informal mentoring for incoming first-year students.
Leadership Programs and Training
The opportunities for students to get involved as leaders are endless! UH Students can become PALs, Honors College Ambassadors, Peer Mentors, Community Guides, the UH Student Advisory Board, or Student Life Council.
In addition, UH offers leadership workshops that will encourage students to enhance their collaborative leadership skills, ability to work as agents of social change, critical thinking, and self confidence. Information on these programs available during the semester.
UH Connects provides more informal ways for students to build relationships across shared areas of interest or classes. There are two types of UH Connects groups:
Each Friday afternoon between 12:00pm and 1:00pm Eastern Time, UH students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to gather for a UH Community Hour. Discussion topics will be announced weekly for these open hours.
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