Service Students of the Month
October: Brita Kihle
November: Sayjen Aldrige
December: Jennifer Allen
February: Francis Samuel
March: Ranju Dhungana
April: Rebecca Gaida
The Honors Program cultivates the next generation of solution-oriented, critical, and creative thinkers with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to have a positive impact on the world around them.
Both in the classroom and out, our students learn about the world around them while being presented with opportunities to get involved. They study about important issues, listen to speakers, partner with local agencies, volunteer, conduct community-based research, host events, organize fundraisers, and advocate. Our students graduate not only prepared but motivated to meet their civic responsibilities.
Civic Engagement Overview
Why does Honors do Civic Engagement?
One of the six Honors Program Goals is Civic Engagement. That means we want students to think of themselves as members of a community (local, regional, national, global), to be able to critically assess issues in that community, and to have both the skills and the motivation to act on those issues.
Through service-learning and other forms of civic education, our students develop real skills that will help them in their careers and as citizens. And they have a genuine impact on the community in the process. A young woman resettled in Grand Forks as a refugee recently proclaimed, “I wouldn’t be graduating if it weren’t for the UND volunteers.”
Does Civic Engagement mean service?
Not necessarily. Civic Engagement can include service, but it can also include advocacy, political activity, and involvement with campus or community organizations. It can also include taking courses that directly prepare students to advance their impact on the world. The Civic Engagement Log includes various categories, and is used to keep track of your involvement.
How much Civic Engagement am I supposed to do?
Honors helps to nurture your citizenship through events, speakers, classes, and activities. It is up to you to define the type and extent of your involvement in order to best have “a positive impact on your world,” in the words of our vision statement.
All students do need to be able to demonstrate this level of Civic Engagement for acceptance of a Sophomore Honors Portfolio:
“Participates in activities that reflect a developing sense of social responsibility to one or more communities, and begins to serve in a leadership capacity in those activities. Connects service to traditional education. Contemplates larger social issues related to the activities.”
What kind of Civic Engagement am I supposed to do?
We encourage students to have a range of involvements with different organizations, as this will help them to develop a broader perspective. A student who is very active in student governance on campus, for instance, could have a more rounded experience at UND by also getting out into the local community to volunteer.
That said, we don’t want them to be so involved that they are unable to fulfill their commitments. A student who belongs to five organizations, is president of two, volunteers with an advocacy effort, and coordinates a service project might be going in too many directions to do strong work in any area.
We encourage students to explore a variety of options, and narrow down to a few causes, projects, or activities that mean the most to them.
How do I keep track of my Civic Engagement?
With the Civic Engagement Log! We recommend all students use this log to document their involvement so it’s ready whenever they need to report it for any purpose.
Please refer to our Service Project Master List to see the semester’s service projects. These are projects that Honors has been involved with previously, but you’re welcome to go beyond this list.
You can read this week’s Service Roundup to see current announcements.
To sign up for an Honors service activity online:
- Go to www.signupgenius.com
- Click Find a Sign Up
- Enter honors@UND.edu
- Choose the listing
- Enter password: HONORS
For Project Coordinators
Service Project Coordinators are Honors students who serve as liaisons between local agencies and Honors. They expose our students to opportunities in the community and recruit volunteers.
What are the positions?
Because our service learning program is student-run, we have lots of leadership opportunities available!
Service Project Coordinator: Each group project that goes on at Honors is coordinated by a student. This person communicates with both the agency and students, recruits volunteers, and provides support.
Honors Service Learning Group (H-SLuG) Member or Officer: H-SLuG meets every other week for about an hour. They organize service events and activities. Meetings are open to anyone who wants to stop in and offer input - no need to officially join or be elected.
Peer Service Mentor: Students submit an application in the spring, and the term runs approximately from one March to the next March. These students work with a first-year Honors class and are also assigned 10-12 students to mentor through the service program at Honors.
How do I get involved?
Contact Robin David at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701.777.6185. Or stop by her office in Robertson 2 to talk through ideas.