ULM Honors Program presents at the annual national meeting


Posted on November 9, 2022

LEGEND:(L/R) Hannah HabisreitingerDr. Joshua Stockley and Caitlyn Cullen

MONROE, LA– The University of Louisiana Monroe Honors Program participated in the annual meeting of the National Society for Honors Minorities October 13-15 in Wilder, KY. The conference theme was “Breaking Down Boundaries: Disrupting Honors and the Future of Honors Education”.

Dr. Joshua Stockley, Director of the ULM Honors Program, was accompanied by two female students – Caitlyn Cullen, political science student and Honors Council Chair, and Hannah Habisreitinger, first-year Biology student and Honors Council Representative.

Dr. Stockley and Caitlyn Cullen co-presented, “Breaking International Boundaries in Honors Education”. They shared with the participants the measures taken by the ULM Honors Program to increase the participation of international students from 10% to 40% of the program.

“The Honors ULM program values ​​the ability to include all students from all majors, organizations, locations, and backgrounds, as the program is dedicated to inclusion and enriched by exposure to diversity,” said Dr Stockley. “We still have challenges. We still have boundaries to break, but participating in NSFMIH is an opportunity to see that our challenges are the challenges of others and to learn how other honors programs are overcoming those challenges,” he added.

“Participating in NSFMIH has been an eye-opening experience that has allowed me to reflect on the ideas of diversity, equality and inclusion. Hearing from presenters from diverse backgrounds on how to better represent diverse communities will help me move forward to become a better leader, a global citizen and a better person,” said Caitlyn Cullen. “I learned different avenues for more inclusive outreach efforts as well as ways to create safe spaces for underrepresented groups. Additionally, I have been able to hear how other student leaders have overcome diversity issues within their own programs, preparing me to anticipate and prevent similar issues that may arise in ours.

Hannah Habisreitinger said, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend the NSFMIH conference. It gave us the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from people with different backgrounds, to receive feedback from other schools on how they have overcome issues around diversity and inclusion, and to think about solutions. Overall it was a great experience for me. Thanks to this conference, I feel ready to implement the tactics to promote change and diversity within the ULM Honors program and our campus as a whole.

Attending the conference were honored students and administrators from colleges and universities across the United States.

The National Society for Minority Honors (NSFMIH) was founded in 2015 to bring together and advance discussion and action on diversity, equity and inclusion in special education. The organization holds an annual conference, hosted by institutions across the United States, and promotes the broad dissemination of ideas and initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in special education. – through its annual conference, national and international seminars and electronic events, and through editions.

About the ULM Honors Program

The ULM Honors Program is a unique program within ULM that seeks intellectually curious students who want to challenge themselves with new ideas and work with like-minded students. The program is open to all majors and works across all study programs. Honors students are exposed to more in-depth topics and work closely with faculty in smaller courses.

For more information on the specialist program, contact Dr. Joshua Stockley at [email protected] or 318-342-3216 or visit ulm.edu/honours.


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