Santa Clara University

Honors Advisory Council

The Honors Advisory Council (HAC), a student committee, meets bimonthly to discuss issues surrounding the University Honors Program.  In addition to offering advice regarding the Honors curriculum, the HAC also helps to plan and implement events and programs for Honors students.   In February 2006 two representatives from the Honors Program attended the first annual Honors Conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in Los Angeles.  In February 2007, the HAC sent two more students to the Conference, held that year in New York at Fordham University.   In February 2008, another two students attended the conference, held at Regis University in Denver.  In February 2009 Santa Clara hosted this conference. 
 
Since the Honors Advisory Council was created to improve the UHP by working with ideas presented during the first AJCU conference, it hopes to continue to expand and improve Santa Clara's Honors Program.  One such idea from the 2007 conference gave rise to the Iraqi Children's School Supplies program, a philanthropic project that the HACs of all the AJCU participated in:  gathering pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, and the like to create individual packages for the schoolchildren in Iraq.  In conjunction with this project, SCU's HAC hosted a discussion of life before and after the war, led by one SCU student, an Iraqi refugee, who shared her personal story of being a senior at the University of Baghdad before the war forced her out of the life she knew and brought her to America.
 
The first major program the HAC had established, though, was the President's Reading Series.  Twice a year, Honors students have dinner with the President of the university. In Spring 2010, 15 students met with Fr. Michael Engh to discuss "A Man for All Seasons."

Students interested in the Honors Advisory Council or in attending meetings should contact Professor Miller or Carole Wentz.