Douglass Honors Program

Summary 

Douglass provides support, networking, mentorship, and other unique opportunities for women who are enrolled in the both Douglass and the Honors College. Nearly 200 Honors College students have enrolled in Douglass since the founding of the Honors College in 2015. The Douglass Honors College Community supports participants through events designed to develop students’ interests in social justice and community leadership. There are also special events to connect students to existing opportunities at Douglass in order to facilitate participation on the Douglass campus in their sophomore year and beyond. A few events include an annual welcome dinner with faculty, administrators, and staff from Douglass and the Honors College, cultural activities, opportunities for leadership and activism, networking and career development events, as well as movie nights and public lectures. Click here to complete the Supplemental application for the DRC Honors Community.


The 2020-2021 Innovator-in-Residence, Nathalie Miebach, will teach an immersive course online that introduces students to the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) movement. Ms. Miebach has served as a mentor for the students throughout this journey for 70 students who have participated across the semesters. Student works will be showcased through the creation of a book developed by student editors to document their journey this year.

The theme for this year’s program is Resilience in the face of Covid-19 – Learning to Live with Change:

Resilience: The capacity of social, economic, and environmental systems to cope with a hazardous event or trend or disturbance, responding or reorganizing in ways that maintain their essential function, identity, and structure, while also maintaining the capacity for adaptation, learning, and transformation.

Covid-19 is a global pandemic that has impacted every community here on Earth. As we go back to school in the Fall, albeit in a virtual way, this workshop seeks to give us all an opportunity to examine what this word “resilience” means to you as an individual and to us as a community as we begin to build our “new normal”. The word “resilience” describes the ability to recover from and adapt to change. In the context of Covid-19, resilience describes the efforts of individuals, communities and whole countries, trying to fight this virus and build the foundation of a post-Covid-19 world. We will examine resilience in the face of Covid-19 through three themes chosen by the student participants through a survey (ex: public health, mental health, racial justice, vaccine research, economic recovery, hunger and food banks, etc.)  We will then invite a variety of speakers who address these three themes from different perspective in order to help us explore what resilience could look like in a post-Covid-19 world. Through art-making projects, Zoom discussions, written reflections and projects mailed amongst the cohort, we will process and come to our own individual understanding of what resilience means to us. We will also meet with individuals in art therapy, social activism, public health policy, and climate work who will share how the pandemic has shaped their work and reshaped our world. What do you want the “new normal” to be like?

21 students represent their class year by informing the administrations of both colleges how to best meet their needs in terms of policies and programming.
The Douglass Honors Program offers a robust program of events throughout the year that educates students in women’s issues, social justice, community leadership, and career planning. Most of these events are open to all women in the Honors College.