A STATEMENT FROM
THE HONORS PROGRAM COORDINATORS AND DEAN
IN SUPPORT OF
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND RACIAL EQUALITY
“I can’t breathe.” That short, painful statement, spoken by two Black men as their lives were stolen from them, has come to mean so much more today. For communities of color all across America, they can’t breathe. Systemic racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, and social injustice, all are choking the life out of Black and Brown communities across this country and world.
In response to the killings of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, and far too many Black men and women, the Honors Program leadership wants to assure our Honors students that Black students matter, and we are committed to standing with Black students across the campus and in our program, and with all of our students of color.
Through our students, our courses, program practices and teaching pedagogies, The Honors Program embraces the hope for a racially just society. Even more so, we are committed to antiracist action in how we conduct ourselves and the program, how we address equity issues within the college and the program, and how we create greater educational opportunities to empower all students, but especially students of color at Riverside City College, to transform this country into a nation of acceptance, social justice, and racial equality.
While the work of equity is never over, the Honors Program’s commitment to equity is demonstrated in these ways:
- The coordinators and dean have intentionally recruited new faculty to diversify the faculty in the Honors Program;
- The program has expanded curricular choices, including contracts, to provide more learning opportunities in several fields, including History, Physics, Administration of Justice, Psychology, and others, so that students can tailor their courses consistent with their interests and ed plans;
- Over the past several years, due to a concerted effort on the part of program leadership, the program has increased course and program student success rates among Black students;
- The coordinators continue direct outreach efforts to both Ujima and La Casa engagement centers, as well as inclusion of students in Puente, Ujima, and others through the expansion of the Honors Student Research Conference.
Furthermore, the Honors program is committed to pursuing equity and racial justice in the coming semesters in the following ways:
- The program will continue to improve the program through expanded academic choices, and the inclusion of even more faculty of color as they develop Honors curriculum and courses;
- The coordinators will convene focus groups to give student more opportunities to voice their concerns and share their ideas about the program;
- The Honors Advisory Council will work more closely with Honors faculty to implement strategies from the Honors Equity Plan in their seminars;
- The coordinators will refine and implement a peer mentoring program to provide leadership opportunities for continuing students and support for new students entering the program, especially those who need additional equity resources to improve their retention and success in the program and RCC.
The Honors Program coordinators and Honors faculty are committed to creating safe spaces in our classrooms for students to discover, explore, question, and challenge the world around them to foster a group of leaders who will help create a more just society.
Should you ever feel that this program has failed to live up to this expectation, we ask that you speak out. Contact the program coordinators and share with us your experiences. We will listen and we will always strive to do better.
Prof. Tucker Amidon, Honors Program Faculty Coordinator
Prof. Daniel Hogan, Honors Program Student Coordinator
Dr. Kristi Woods, Dean of Languages, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Honors Administrator
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Welcome to the Riverside City College Honors Program!
We offer transferable classes featuring an enriched, engaging curriculum and smaller class sizes offered in the seminar-discussion format for all eligible RCC students, including international students.
We have classes in disciplines all across the college, from biology and anthropology to art history and humanities to economics and psychology. We are also launching a new Honors Contracts initiative to help students complete the program!
To make it easier for you to get started, Honors Program applications are accepted all throughout the year (Even though the physical campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still accepting applications for fall 2020!). We know that the sooner our students find the program, the more likely they are to complete the program and reap all of its benefits, so don't hesitate. Send your application in today!
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COVID-19 and the Honors Program:
- All Honors-related on-campus
activities, meetings, events, orientations, conferences, etc. including
access to the Honors Study Center (QD 207) are suspended until further
notice. We will begin planning new Honors events only when we know for
certain when it is safe to return to campus.
- The UCLA STOMP
Conference, which was the event we were planning on attending for the
field trip and was cancelled due to COVID-19, was replaced by an
online webinar which covered some of the same content. It wasn't be
nearly as fun as going to UCLA in person, but you are still able to get much of
the same information online at the following link: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/stompconference/
- Similarly, the UCI
Research Conference has also been cancelled, but it will be shifting to a published online format. For those of you who were accepted to the conference, this is still an important achievement! If you had an abstract accepted to the conference, you are encouraged to revise it and send it to Prof. Amidon. It will be posted in the online conference program on the HTCC's website. If you were accepted for a poster presentation, contact Prof. Amidon for the template that will allow you to convert your poster into a digital format of high quality for publication on the HTCC website.