Enhance your Honors experience by taking advantage of engagement and leadership opportunities.
One of the first ways that you can become an active member of the Towson Honors community is through involvement in Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC). The organization provides a wide variety of leadership opportunities to Honors students through academic, service and social activities. Students in HCLC lead and participate in projects designed to strengthen the Honors community, encourage long-lasting friendships and build Honors traditions. There are three standing standing committees of HCLC that Honors students can join: programming, service, and marketing. Additionally, there are several ad hoc or special committees/organizations listed below. Each standing committee led by an Honors College Student Director. HCLC meetings are held every other Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the Douglass House Multipurpose Room. All Honors students are welcome and encouraged to attend HCLC meetings and learn about joining other groups.
HCLC also serves as the clearing house for information about other Honors student groups such as the organizations listed below.
Located in both Douglass House and the 7800 York Road Building, room 132, The Book Exchange operates as a lending library. Student can borrow fictions, non-fiction, and even textbooks that have been donated by current and former Honors College students and faculty members.
College liaisons represent each of TU's six other academic colleges outside of the Honors College. Students in this role promote events and opportunities from within their college to the greater Honors College community at HCLC meetings.
The Honors Helping Hands acts as the standing service committee of HCLC. Founded by Honors College Student Director Gabriella Harris '19, Honors Helping Hands plans and executes service projects both on and off campus. Past projects have included trips to the local SPCA and visiting sick children in the pediatric unit of Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The mission of Honorables of Color (HOC) is to provide an intentional space for Students of Color within the Honors College community to gather and create a close-knit community that strives to represent, connect, and celebrate their successes from across academic majors. Honorables of Color was founded by Briseyda Barrientos-Ariza '22.
The Undergraduate Research Club (URC) was founded by Honors College student Lauren Cahalan '18. The club is a collaboration between the Honors College, the Provost's Office, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. URC provides opportunities and resources for students interested in learning more or conducting their own research while here at TU.
Recruitment Officers serve as student ambassadors of the Honors College, assisting with on and off-campus university activities for prospective students. Honors Recruitment Officers have a passion for their studies, their community, and the Honors College. They assist with prospective student Open Houses, TU4U, and admitted student days, and welcome prospective students to general Honors events like the Celebration of Scholarship and Learning. Students who serve as Recruitment Officers develop a wide range of transferable communication and interpersonal skills. They are often the first point of contact between a prospective student and the Honors College, and set the tone for the entire Honors community and student experience. To become an Honors Recruitment Officer, please email the Honors College Coordinator, Abram Fox, afox AT_TOWSON for additional information.
Not Your Granny's Book Club (NYGBC) selects a book or two to read each semester and gathers regularly to discuss. Past events have even included a literary ball where students dressed as their favorite characters from works of literature.
Honors College student directors are official ambassadors of the Honors College. Student directors are always available to answer student questions about the Honors curriculum, the Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC), classes, Honors events, and life at Towson. They work with prospective students and their families, current students, alumni, and faculty/staff members through a number of events each semester.
Each spring, the Honors College announces the number of student director positions available for the next academic year. The ideal window to apply to be a student director is towards the end of your freshman or sophomore year. The strongest applicants are very active members of both the Honors College community and the university community. Those students who serve as student directors develop outstanding communication, collaboration and leadership skills. They also receive an additional scholarship for their service to the Honors College. Email the Director of Co-Curricular Programs & Constituent Relationships, Rio Napoli Clements, rnapoli AT_TOWSON for more information.
Stop by the student director office hours to learn about all of the advantages and resources available to a members of the TU Honors College. You may also send an email to honors AT_TOWSON to ask a question or to introduce yourself.