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Academic engagement defines Global Honors, but our students' activities transcend the traditional classroom setting to include conference opportunities and co-curricular, social, and service activities. Some of these are 'officially' arranged by the Program, but students are welcome to take ownership of their experience and initiate their own ideas. Some of these are described below.

The Global Honors Student Leadership Council (SLC)

All Global Honors students are members of the SLC. Participation in SLC meetings and activities (typically 2-3 times per quarter) is optional but strongly encouraged, and opportunities for involvement are abundant. Each Spring, SLC co-chairs are elected by Global Honors students, and these leaders are tasked to schedule meetings, create a quarterly calendar of events, and enable peers to come up with their own activities. For information on the SLC co-chair position, please see the SLC Guidelines & Expectations.

2020-21 SLC Co-Chairs: 

Chanise Jackson and Andre Jimenez

Global Honors Service Activities

Community engagement is a pillar of the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement and highly encouraged in Global Honors students. IIGE-initiated activities have included habitat restoration projects around Commencement Bay (pictured, right), and SLC-initiated activities have included service at the UWT Giving Garden.

Global Honors Workshops

A wealth of resources is available throughout campus and beyond, but it can take time to learn what they are and how best to enjoy them. Community speakers sometimes attend Global Honors classes to explain these to our students, but special workshops are often scheduled too (pictured, right). The SLC plays a lead role in identifying information and guest speaker sessions of student interest. Recent workshops have included introductions to library resources, grad school financing, and academic writing. If you have an idea, let us know!

Global Honors Socials

The Global Honors Reading Room is a designated study area for the exclusive use of Global Honors students. It also serves as an excellent meeting space to unwind between classes. Animated conversations often spill out of the classroom and into casual get-togethers both here and off campus. Periodically, the Program hosts lunchtime potlucks where students can enjoy the home-cooked offerings of Global Honors faculty and staff or bring their own contributions (pictured, right)!


Attending a conference in an academic field or another area of interest is a wonderful way for students to network, discover career options and learn.

How to apply for conference funding

UWT students are eligible for Student Involvement's Conference and Training Fund. Global Honors students are also eligible for the IIGE Conference & Travel Award (up to $750). Contact the IIGE office at for information on the IIGE Conference & Travel Award.

National and Regional Honors Conferences

Each year, Global Honors students, faculty, and staff attend the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) conference (typically held in March or April) and the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference (typically held in November). Students are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration. Please note that student funding is available through the  IIGE Conference & Travel Award to cover registration, transportation and/or accommodation. Contact the IIGE office at for more information.

Post-graduation Opportunities