University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

Saloni Hemani

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Education, Special Education
Focus on Community Engagement & Leadership

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As a second year Special Education major and Business minor student, Saloni quickly developed a love for UC and worked to get involved in as many things as possible on campus. After learning about UC from her older brother (Rohan Hemani, BBA ‘13) Saloni looked into campus and the University Honors Program. She saw opportunities in the program to be involved in different types of experiences that could help her make the most out of her time at UC. Since joining the program Saloni created a self-designed experience involving “Holi Festival.” Holi Festival  is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus and you can read more about it below. During her second year at UC, Saloni completed a University Honors seminar titled “Women, Population and Development”. This course culminated with a study tour in Ghana. As her first abroad experience, this provided Saloni additional insight into international travel and cultural difference, as well as giving her the opportunity for real world application of the themes learned in the course.”. “I probably would never have had the chance to travel to Africa”, says Saloni. In addition to providing opportunities to travel the globe, Saloni also believes that honors has “pushed her to think of what she would like to do at UC which has really made me feel like a part of campus.”

Outside of her involvement in University Honors, Saloni is also active as a Darwin T. Turner Scholar and a Peer Leader in one of UC’s Special Education learning communities. The Peer Leader program is part of the First Year Experience program. Additionally, she is very active as the Vice President of the Asian American Association and is an ambassador for the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Most recently Saloni was part of a group of students that planned UC’s first Holi Festival on campus. It was so successful that it is now an established Worldfest event.  “WorldFfest is an annual UC event each spring which celebrates the diversity and cultural breadth of UC’s campus and student body.”

To see more about UC and Saloni’s involvement in this year’s Holi Festival, follow this link!


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