National Society for Minorities in Honors (NSFMIH)

National Society for Minorities in Honors logoSupporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Honors Education.

Congratulations to Kacee Ferrell Synder and the BGSU team. on a very successful Second Annual NSFMIH conference held at Bowling Green State University, October 25-27 2017. Absolutely brilliant!

In 2018, the 3rd annual Annual NSFMIH conference will be held in Arkansas and hosted by Tricia Smith at UCA and Jessica Scott at UALR . Details to follow.

You can contact Tricia and Jessica at: psmith@uca.edu and jrscott1@ualr.edu

The 4th annual Annual NSFMIH conference is being held in 2019 at California State University,, Fullerton and the contact is Sandra Perez.

The 5th annual NSFMIH conference is being held in 2020 at Appalachian State University and the contact is Jeff Vahlbush.

Details of additional discussions will appear on the NSFMIH Listserv in from December 2017

General NSFMIH contact/information: graeme@nsfmih.org

Details from the (past) 2017 conference

Practicing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion inĀ 
Twenty-First-Century Honors Education

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Wednesday, October 25 - Friday, October 27, 2017

Across the nation, Honors Programs and Colleges typically demonstrate a marked commitment to fostering and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion both in and beyond the classroom. Yet honors education consistently is critiqued for its lack of diversity. For instance, admission standards to Honors Programs and Colleges often significantly limit minoritized student involvement. Even when minoritized students are admitted to Honors Programs and Colleges, often such students do not complete an honors education due to lack of academic preparation, negative internal or/and external perceptions of “a typical honors student,” lack of support networks, or some other reason that speaks profoundly to the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in twenty-first-century honors education. Furthermore, an exclusive curriculum like the Great Books tradition might discourage minoritized student and faculty involvement, and often this lack of involvement is further exacerbated by inaccessible curriculum design or/and alienating pedagogical practices.

This two-day conference will focus on specific practices in honors education that are designed to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. Submissions that address diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in one or more of the following areas of Honors education are especially welcome:

  • Admissions / Recruitment
  • Academic Advising
  • Mentoring and Support Networks
  • Student Life
  • Curriculum Design
  • Pedagogy
  • Program/College Administration

Launch Spring 2016

National Society for Minorities in Honors logo

Launching the NSFMIH

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Launch 2

 

 

Some of the delegates at the NSFMIH launch

 

 

 

 

 

The inaugural conference was held:

March 9-11 2016 at
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan

The launch the National Society for Minorities in Honors (NSFMIH), took place as a two day conference, offering a key opportunity for discussion and networking.

The focus of the inaugural conference was broadly on topics concerned with the support of diversity, equity and inclusion in college honors programs and honors colleges.

All topics pertaining to the theme were welcome, with special attention given to presentation topics looking at the creation of honors "pipelines" from high school to college, programmatic work on supporting diversity in honors, and topics focusing on specific under represented or under served populations.

Attendees included Honors College/program faculty, Academic Affairs staff, Academic advisers and Admission officers.