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Inclusive Excellence

All Are Welcome

The University Honors Program celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values that empower our students, staff, and faculty to achieve their highest potential. The UHP is a place where open minds come together to discuss big ideas and solve complex problems. Differences in identity and thought are key to creating positive change.

We affirm the richness of human diversity and believe that it is paramount to learning. Our goal is to sustain a culture in which students, staff, and faculty come together to embrace differences and experience growth and transformation as a result. We prioritize inclusion, transformational personal development, civic participation, and global responsibility.

We believe that Black Lives Matter. We welcome students, staff, and faculty of all areas of identity – including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability status, age, family structure, regional or national origin, citizenship, religion, veteran status, and political belief.

Together, we can solve the world’s complex problems through leading and learning from diverse perspectives, collaboration, understanding, and mutual respect.

We affirm and celebrate all.

Ways to Get Involved with Inclusion in UHP

Digital Honors Lounge

The Digital Honors Lounge is a digital collaboration space within Microsoft Teams where University Honors Program students can share their experience, learn from one another, and find community. Students can also engage with specific channels that aim to provide a space for like-minded students seeking community, connection, and meaningful action. Channels focus on topics such as allyship with the Black community, connecting with alumni, climate change, and self-care. These are led by University Honors Program staff and student facilitators, who will regularly post content and prompt discussion. If you would like to participate in the Digital Honors Lounge, please email Kyle Key at Kyle.Key@uc.edu.

Belong Coordinators

The Belong Coordinators focus on fostering awareness and inclusivity among UHP students, staff, and faculty through interactive educational programing. If you want to participate in the Belong Coordinators, please email Bria at Bria.Howard@uc.edu.

Peer Mentoring Program

The UHP Peer Mentoring Program connects a small group of incoming first year students and a returning student to learn about UHP, UC, Cincinnati and transitioning to college via group meet ups and individual mentorship. If you want to participate in the UHP Peer Mentoring Program, please email Bria at Bria.Howard@uc.edu.

If you are looking for ways to create change and take action, please view the resources for engaging in anti-racism work.