About Honors 251:
We often associate the term citizenship with rights and responsibilities such as voting and paying taxes, or, perhaps, a legal status granted to individuals by governmental entities. Furthermore, we often view selfhood as our core being, our essence, who and what we imagine ourselves to be.
Honors 251 works through the complexities and nuances of these terms “citizen” and “self” as pathways for understanding the role of individuals in a complex society and democratic environment.
Honors 251 takes a broad, public humanities approach to questions about citizenship and selfhood, stressing the importance of self-directed, experiential, and integrative learning. In addition to developing skills like research, writing, and deliberation, we will explore ways you can develop and contribute as a citizen professional within a larger framework of social responsibility.
Students will participate in group lecture, discussion and class exercises, applied civic engagement projects, and small group communications that focus on civic learning and democratic engagement.
Course experiences may consist of:
- Interviewing a citizen professional within your intended career field
- Completing a StrengthFinder inventory of your personal and professional strengths
- Reading, watching, or listening to information sources on pressing social issues and discussing in small group settings
- Executing a service-learning project (such as the Jonesville History Project)
- Moderating a public deliberation
If you would like to register to participate in an Honors 251 public deliberation, please see the attached document for registration links and schedules.
Family Enrichment Center Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
Purchase a Valentine’s Day bundle from the Family Enrichment Center and your money will directly support child abuse prevention services that help children and families in South Central Kentucky.
Phone - 270-781-6714
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Barren River District Health Department
Volunteers are needed to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations and add individuals to the waiting list. They are seeking individuals to volunteer for 4-hour shifts between either 8am-noon and/or noon-4pm. It will be at the Health Department in downtown Bowling Green. Volunteers will be needed for four weeks starting the week of Monday, February 8th. To sign up for a shift, please email Ellie Harbaugh.
Contact Information, Ellie Harbaugh:
Bowling Green Micro Pantry
Micro Pantries are being implemented throughout Bowling Green in effort to reduce food insecurity and provide basic necessities for those in need. These will be available 24/7 for anyone who needs them. Monetary donations can be made directly through venmo or cash app. Nonperishable food, hygiene products, and other donations can be taken directly to box locations. The first box opens Monday, February 8th at 958 Collett Avenue. More information, including details on donation guidelines, can be found on social media.
For Monetary Donations:
- Include “BG micro pantry” in description
- Venmo: @bgmicropantry
- Cash app: $bgmicropantry
Apply to volunteer as a counselor for weekend retreats or summer sessions where you will lead campers and families through pre-planned activities. Applicants must be 18 or older.
Phoenix Rising KY
Volunteers will have the opportunity to help serve young adults and children that have been impacted by sex trafficing and commercial sexual exploitation and play a role in assisting their recovery.
Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland
Feeding America helps to distribute food to those in need to combat hunger. Volunteers can work individually or as a group to distribute food baskets at local distribution centers to those in need. You may also help by creating an awareness campaign or even pledging our birthday.
New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding
At New Beginnings, they are dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities and enhancing their lives using the power of horses. Having experience with horses and people with disabilities is not required to volunteer here. They will train you through an orientation program. They ask that when you sign up, you are available for at least 1 hour a week to help. Please fill out the volunteer packet below and bring it to the volunteer orientation.
Contact Information, Jonlyn Conway:
Have other Volunteer Opportunities you would like to recommend? Contact Honors Teaching Fellow Chloe O'Bryan (email@example.com) and let her know!
Looking back, I can see how the thread that began in 251 traces through the rest of my work in college and grad school – a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies, a certificate in Citizenship and Social Responsibility, and a masters in Religious Studies were each opportunities for me to keep exploring what makes communities grow. I LOVE this class and highly recommend it.
This form of course learning was one of the most helpful and useful I’ve had this semester. I think this is an excellent opener for the Honors College and taking it as a sophomore really opened my eyes to what I’m being asked to read and contribute to as an adult and student.
I wish there were more courses like this so students could have the opportunity to think for themselves and learn how to navigate life (rather than memorize what someone else wrote in a book).
HON 251 Questions?
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