The Honors Program is more than just a curriculum. The Program extends far beyond the classroom, and includes a plethora of student leadership groups, events, and volunteer opportunities.
Student Peer Advisors (SPA). SPA students serve as the link between the UHP and the rest of the GW undergraduate student body. They volunteer at events like April Visit Days and Colonial Inauguration; and provide guidance to underclassmen in the Honors Program. They also serve as peer advisors to their fellow UHP students, giving advice on Honors experiences, classes, housing, and all the facets of life at GWU as an Honors student.
Breakfast with the Director. The Honors Director periodically holds program-wide breakfasts (or sometimes lunch) where students can share ideas, suggestions, and guidance for continuing improvement of the Honors Program.
Welcome Reception. Every fall, the UHP welcomes freshmen as well as returning students and faculty with an afternoon of food and fun. It's our chance to reconnect and share our excitement for the year ahead.
Food for Thought. UHP faculty share their research and experience with the Honors community at Food for Thought, a series of small lunchtime and afternoon seminars throughout the semester.
Student-Faculty Dinners. As a celebration at the end of each semester, students, faculty and staff socialize, reflect, and show appreciation at the UHP Student-Faculty Dinner.
Holiday Decorating Parties. Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah... we celebrate them all! Around holidays throughout the year, we invite students to carve pumpkins, make gingerbread houses, paint eggs, etc. and to decorate the Honors townhouse in the spirit of the season.
Graduation Reception. In celebration of the accomplishments of our UHP seniors, the Honors Program hosts a festive reception during Commencement Weekend for graduates, their families and their friends.
Alumni Programming. The Honors Program invites alumni back to the townhouse for professional, social, and academic events throughout the year, ranging from career panels to happy hours to sessions with UHP faculty.
Other Events. The UHP Director and Staff are always open to suggestions from students, so let us know how you think we can bring our community together!
Great students do great things! While the University Honors Program does not officially oversee any volunteer organizations or activities, many Honors Program students engage in service activities. The University Honors Program fully supports them in their endeavors, and has developed a strong relationship with various organizations.
Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem is the GW chapter of a national non-profit dedicated to helping families coping with cancer and cultivating student leaders. CKGW provides a free week of summer camp to the children of past and present cancer patients to help them build self-esteem, meet peers in a similar situation, and learn how to positively cope with a parent diagnosed with cancer. Camp Kesem is run entirely by college student volunteers, who gain firsthand experience in fundraising, non-profit management, social work, human resources, accounting, camp programming, and public relations. CKGW welcomes UHP students interested in being general members, working on a leadership committee, being on the Executive Board, and being a summer camp counselor. Visit www.campkesem.org/gw for more info.
In the fall of 2007, a group of seven UHP freshmen learned about Camp Kesem and decided to establish a chapter of the nation-wide nonprofit on GW's campus. Led by two Honors freshmen and run largely by students who were introduced to each other through their shared UHP experiences, CKGW became the first organization in the Washington, D.C. area to provide support to the children of cancer patients.
District Youth Empowerment Program. Volunteers tutor at-risk youth in low-income communities, teach a college-prep curriculum, and plan events for students while they enhance their social-entrepreneurial skills, gain "real world" experience and change outcomes for low-income families.