Diversity in the Honors College

Diversity is at the core of the Honors College’s mission, which states that “… by bringing together exceptional undergraduate students, faculty and staff, the Honors College provides an environment for advanced intellectual growth and a foundation for life-long learning.”

Operating with diversity as a core value, in 2012, the Honors Council developed the Honors College Diversity Strategic Planning Committee to identify areas in which the college could improve its commitment to serve its diverse student populations. In February 2012, this committee submitted the first Diversity Strategic Planning Document to the Dean. Since then the college has adopted a number of the recommendations and in 2015 the Diversity Committee, now an a mainstay of the college, revisited the Strategic Planning document to review the college’s progress.

Read the Council’s Council’s 2014-2015 update to the Honors College Diversity Strategic Planning Document.

As part of the Honors College’s ongoing efforts to better serve the diverse needs of its students on campus and in its classrooms the college has adopted both the Honors College Diversity Committee (HCDC) as well as the subsequent Student Subcommittee for Diversity (SSD) as permanent appendages. Between these two committees, students, faculty and staff have the opportunity not only to provide input and insight as to how the college might better serve its ever-growing and diversifying student body but also to be an instrument for change oneself.

In addition to committee work, students are also encouraged to enroll in Honors courses related to issues on diversity including “Readings in the Atlantic Slave Trade” and “Brazilian Music & Culture” to name a couple. For more information on other courses focused on diversity, please review our Current & Historical course listings.

Meet the Honors College Diversity Committee Chairs

  • Nancy Cirillo (co-chair)
  • José Meléndez (co-chair)
  • Stephanie Crawford
  • Christopher Davis
  • Massiel de Los Santos
  • Sharbanoo Fadavi
  • Karina Gandhi
  • Laya Krishnan
  • Preshanna Manroe
  • Mark Martell
  • Tyler Nielsen
  • Francisco Padron
  • Alex Sainvilier
  • Zoie Sheets

Diversity Committee Coffee Hour Discussion Series

The Coffee Hour Discussion Series takes place the last Wednesday of each month and aims to elevate student awareness with respect to critical issues related to diversity facing our own as well as neighboring communities. In addition, this series aims to better serve the diverse needs of our student body and to realize the benefits of a diverse learning environment for all. Light refreshments are served at each event and attendance is not limited to Honors College students; we accept students from all corners of campus.

Be sure to check the Honors College Announcements for information about these events!

Diversity at UIC

As one of the nation’s most diverse public research Universities as well as a federal designated Minority Serving Institution, diversity is a core value held by the University at large as well as the Honors College. The realization of University’s initiatives related to diversity matters are driven by the Office for Diversity whose aim is “to ensure that neither difference nor disadvantage impede the intellectual and professional achievement of our campus community.”

Key to the success of the Office of Diversity are the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, seven centers which promote the well-being and cultural awareness of underrepresented and underserved communities at UIC, with whom the Honors College works to partner as frequently as possible.

Resources for Undocumented Students & Their Families

As part of its commitment to serving students from all walks of life, the Office of Diversity has made it a priority to develop and provide a number of resources to students and families from undocumented or from mixed immigration status families. For more information on these resources and others that may be available, be sure to visit the Office of Diversity’s page for Undocumented Student Support.

Scholarships for Underrepresented Groups

There are several scholarships and fellowships made available to Honors College students who identify as belonging to one or more underrepresented groups. Such awards and opportunities include the Hispanic Scholarship Fund as well as the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. For a complete listing of these awards and others, please visit the Honors College Scholarships page.