The Western Regional Honors Conference: What it is and why it is so important!
The weekend of April 8-10, 8 students and 1 faculty traveled to Riverside, California to represent CU’s Honors Program at the Western Regional Honors Conference. This conference is designed for students and faculty representing Western states’ college Honors Programs to come together to share ideas and learn from each other.
This year’s theme was “Diversifying Honors: Innovation, Contribution, & Global Citizenship.” Our students catered to this theme well as we had 2 different student groups presenting on a connected topic!
Two students presented on entangled oppression between animals and peoples attempting to diversify humans’ understanding of oppression across species. They found that usually when one group is oppressed, in this case animals, the other group feels effects of oppression as well.
Our other group of students presented on cannabis reform, the stigmas surrounding it, and its connection to diversifying education. Sam Morgan, one of the student presenters, said, “The highlight of the conference was having the opportunity to present on a topic I’m passionate about.” The other student presenters agreed with this statement. Not only was this conference a great space for students to share their research and ideas, it was also a conducive environment for various universities’ Honors Program representatives to come together and discuss what makes each Honors Program great and how we can learn from each other. CU’s student and faculty found the conference to be a great success in connecting CU to other universities!