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The Honors Program promotes service at the highest level and in a variety of ways best suited to each individual's service interests.
In HON 100 students begin to explore the range of complex social issues that affect our world and begin to narrow those causes that they are most passionate about. Once a student identifies issues that match their passions, Honors can help connect that student with opportunties to work for non-profits, organizations, and special service projects that provide real world experience on the student's path to becoming an active citizen. Course readings and reflections emphasize how students can use their career and personal interests to make a difference for the greater good. Students regularly invoke the mantra, "To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected" when reflecting on service in which they engaged.
Honors Opportunties for Service
Honors works with CMU faculty to lead special Honors Service Learning Courses, such as an annual course in Oaxaca, Mexico where Honors students work for three weeks with children in two local orphanages. Service courses have also been taught in Beijing, Miami, and Beaver Island to give a few examples.
In addition, Honors works closely with CMU's Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center to engage students with branded programs such as Alternative Breaks, Issue Day, Lunch Buddies, the David Garcia Project, and Adopt-A-Grandparent.
And through Honors Registered Student Organizations, such as the Honors Outreach Network and Honors Program Philanthropic Society Honors students are able to interact with a range of local, state, national and international service agencies on issues such as hunger, homelessness, child abuse, HIV/AIDS, birth defects, malaria prevention, animal shelters, literacy, education, medical access, women's rights, etc. Many Honors students have launched Registered Student Organizations when they saw a need but no local group existed.
As part of the Honors Protocol, each Honors student agrees to complete a minimum of 120 hours of community service during their time at Central but most Honors students double or triple this amount of hours. Ultimately, the hours are secondary to students really feeling vested in the work they do to make a difference in area they care about. Honors graduates report back on a regular basis with all the great things they are doing in their local communities and their part of the world, using their education and talents to make meaningful contributions to society.