Diversity and the Honors College
The Honors College supports the University's mission to promote cultural diversity and pluralism. In fact, we feel that diversity and academic quality have a strong connection: the learning experience of students is enhanced by interactions with others from different backgrounds. Since the Honors College is a residential learning community and emphasizes small classes the opportunity to learn from one another is greater than it might otherwise be. In other words, diversity is important to the classroom and out-of-classroom learning experiences of the Honors College. Consequently, we make every effort to recruit and retain well qualified students from a diverse set of backgrounds.
Our effort to retain students extends to all of them. But we understand that some students need special support. One of the people involved in this effort is Professor Guillermo Rodriguez, a member of the Romance Language Department, who lives in the Honors College residence hall (University Heights North), and is a mentor for ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) students. Another resident faculty member, Steve Budington of the Art Department is a mentor for students who are in the first generations' of their families to attend college. Contact: Guillermo Rodriguez at Guillermo.Rodriguez@uvm.edu and Steve Budington at Steve.Budington@uvm.edu
Diversity matters are woven into the Honors College curriculum. A number of the Honors College's courses address issues of diversity and pluralism. For example, in the first-year class, Honors College students study cultural conflict by reading Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, and they move on to consider race, class, gender, sexuality and identity when they read Barack Obama's autobiography and speeches, Martin Luther King, Jr., on civil disobedience, Alison Bechdel's memoir, Fun Home and Alice Walker's short fiction and essays. For more details, follow these links to the first year and sophomore class listings: First year curriculum and Sophomore Seminars. Many of our co-curricular activities and sponsorships - ranging from lectures and performances to trips and other activities - have a similar focus.
Outside the Honors College, a number of organizations at the University of Vermont help and support its diverse student body. We invite you to visit these websites.
- ACCESS (for disability and inclusion issues)
- The ALANA Student Center
- ALANA/U.S. Ethnic Studies Department
- The Center for Cultural Pluralism
- The International Education Office
- LGBTQA Programs and Services
- Spiritual and Religious Life Council
- Women's Center
- Alianza Latina
- Black Student Union
- Catamount Dance Crew
- Council for Unity
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