Honors Program

Honors Advisory Council

The Honors Advisory Council (HAC) is a student committee which meets weekly to discuss issues surrounding the University Honors Program.  In addition to offering advice regarding the Honors curriculum, the HAC also helps to plan and implement events and programs for Honors students. 

Every year, two representatives from the Honors Program attend an annual Honors Conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), which is held at AJCU universities around the United States.  The Honors Program has sent students each year since the first conference, which was in Los Angeles in 2006. The most recent conference was held in Spokane in 2016 at Gonzaga University. In 2009, Santa Clara University hosted the conference.
Since the Honors Advisory Council was created to improve the UHP by working with ideas presented during the first AJCU conference, it hopes to continue to expand and improve Santa Clara's Honors Program.  One such idea from the 2007 conference gave rise to the Iraqi Children's School Supplies program, a philanthropic project that the HACs of all the AJCU participated in: gathering pencils, pens, notebooks, rulers, and other supplies to create individual packages for the schoolchildren in Iraq.  In conjunction with this project, the Honors Advisory Council hosted a discussion of life before and after the war, led by one SCU student, an Iraqi refugee, who shared her personal story of being a senior at the University of Baghdad before the war forced her out of the life she knew and brought her to America.
The first major program the HAC established was the President's Reading Series.  Twice a year, Honors students have dinner with the President of the university. One recent event was in Fall 2014, when students met with Fr. Michael Engh to discuss La Verdad by Lucia Cerna and Mary Jo Ignoffo.

Students interested in the Honors Advisory Council or in attending meetings should contact Vanessa Shin (vshin@scu.edu).