News from NCHC | May 2022

In This Issue...

NCHC22: Speakers

NCHC22: 10+ Student Discount

100 Acts of Service

2023 Board Nominations

2022 Special Member Vote

Free Virtual Roundtables

2022 Events: Summer Institutes

2022 Portz Fellowship Winners

Dates and Deadlines

JNCHC Call for Submissions




NCHC22 Plenary Speakers Address "Centering Community"

In NCHC tradition, the 2022 Annual Conference will deliver engaging and thought-provoking keynote sessions on the conference's main stage. We look forward to gathering in Dallas this November and hearing fresh perspectives and deep insights from this year's keynotes!


Cece Cox, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer, RESOURCE CENTER 

Cece Cox is recognized for her longtime effective leadership and advocacy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual plus (LGBTQIA+) civil rights movement. Since 2010, she has served as CEO of Resource Center, which operates one of the largest LGBTQIA+ community centers in the United States and provides health services and programs to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. The Center serves more than 62,000 people annually with a staff of over 80 employees and 1,200 volunteers. Participation in the Center’s programs for youth, seniors and transgender individuals have doubled under Cox’s tenure. 

Cox has advocated on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ and HIV communities for over 30 years. She was instrumental in the passage of the City of Dallas’ sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy, the Dallas Independent School District’s first anti-harassment policy and its subsequent anti-bullying policy. Since June 2010, over 50,000 public sector employees and a quarter-million students in the Dallas area have new or expanded LGBTQIA+ nondiscrimination protections thanks to the Center’s advocacy. 

Cox is a board member and former co-chair of the national organization, CenterLink; a member of Dallas Mavericks Advisory Council; and a board alumna of Texas Women’s Foundation. She has served on the executive committee for SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development and is a member of Dallas Assembly and Dallas Summit. She has served as president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance (DGLA), co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Dallas and as an officer of the LGBT Section of the State Bar of Texas. Additionally, Cox was recognized with the Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Black Tie Dinner in 1999 and was selected by D CEO Magazine as one of the top 500 CEOs in Dallas in 2016. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from SMU. She lives in Dallas with her wife and son. 

Brian Broome
Screenwriter, Poet, and Author 

Brian Broome, poet and screenwriter, is the author of Punch Me Up to the Gods (Mariner Books, 2021), which won the 2021 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction. The memoir introduces Broome whose early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys and propels forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut. Broome’s recounting of his experiences—in all their cringe-worthy, hilarious, and heartbreaking glory—reveal a perpetual outsider awkwardly squirming to find his way in. But it is Broome’s voice in the retelling that shows the true depth of vulnerability for young Black boys that is often quietly near to bursting at the seams. Cleverly framed around Gwendolyn Brooks’s poem “We Real Cool,” the iconic and loving ode to Black boyhood, Punch Me Up to the Gods is at once playful, poignant, and wholly original. Broome’s writing brims with swagger and sensitivity, bringing an exquisite and fresh voice to ongoing cultural conversations about Blackness in America.

Broome has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King Writing Awards. He also won a VANN Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for journalism in 2019.
He is a 2022 Writer in Residence at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Register Today for NCHC22!


NCHC22 Student Group Discount

Did you know? Institutions bringing 10+ students to the NCHC22 Conference in Dallas can get a significant discount on their group registration! Just complete a Group Registration Form with all the details for your 10+ student attendees, and return it to NCHC's National Office before the Early Bird registration deadline. NCHC Staff will complete your group registration and provide you with a bulk invoice for payment. Round up your traveling crew and register your group today!

 This $350 Early Bird registration rate is open to those registering 10 or more undergraduate-level students currently enrolled in an NCHC Member institution. The Early Bird 10+ Student Group discount may only be used when registering the appropriate group size at once, and will not be applied and/or adjusted if your group ends up qualifying for the 10+ discounted rate after the initial registration. This $350 rate is valid until August 31, 2022, and will increase to the standard rate on September 1, 2022.


100 Acts of Service

Is your honors program or college participating in a service project in 2022? Share details of your project with NCHC to help us celebrate 100 Acts of Service in recognition of 100 Years of Honors!

We are collecting and promoting the many service projects your honors programs and colleges are creating in 2022 - and will highlight 100 of these projects both at the Annual Conference in Dallas and online. This collective will serve as inspiration for successful service projects to be developed in the future, and a tapestry of the beautiful ways honors education inspires students to connect with their peers and the world around them. We're already seeing amazing projects roll in, and can't wait to see yours added to the mix!

To participate, simply fill out the short form at the link below to tell us about your service project - what you're doing and who it benefits, along with a photo or two of your event.

Let's shout from the rooftops in 2022 about all the good work honors does on our campuses and beyond!

Submit Your Service Project


2023 NCHC Board Nominations

Want to make a difference in honors? Run for the NCHC Board of Directors!

Board service provides NCHC members the opportunity to get involved in the governance of an organization that represents the full spectrum of honors colleges and programs, nationally and internationally. In order to ensure an inclusive perspective, NCHC seeks a board that reflects the full diversity of our organization, including race, ethnicity, gender orientation and personal background; type of and geographic location of institution represented; and role in honors. Board members, however, do not just represent their own institutions, Carnegie designation, or geographic location; rather, they are called to consider what is in the best interest of NCHC, and the honors community as a whole.
Nominations are now open for several board positions to serve in 2023, including:

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • three Professional Board Members 
  • four Student Board Members 
    • two 2-year terms
    • two 1-year terms

The deadline for self-nomination is June 1, 2022. The Nominating Committee will consider those whose names have been put forward and then shape a slate that fills the current needs of the board in terms of expertise, personal identities and experiences, institutional characteristics, and geographic distribution.

Click here for requirements and details on how to run!


2022 Special Member Vote

Dear NCHC Members,

The NCHC Board of Directors requests your review of the proposed changes to the NCHC Constitution and Bylaws, and for your vote to approve the amended governance documents in next week's special election.

For the full documents under consideration, please visit the details posted here:

These changes have been presented in full during virtual meetings, in-person forums, and emailed content. The vote to update the bylaws will be conducted through a ballot link sent to each paid member of NCHC. The ballot contains only one question. The election will remain open Monday, May 23 - Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Voting will close at 11:59 PM CT on Tuesday, May 31.

Please watch your inbox on May 23 for an email from NCHC with your link to vote, and make your voice heard!

Thank you for your time and participation!

Mary Beth Rathe, Executive Director
Christina McIntyre, NCHC President
Susan Dinan, NCHC President Elect
Eddie Weller, NCHC Vice President
Suketu Bhavsar, NCHC Immediate Past President
Keith Garbutt, NCHC Treasurer
Carrie Pritchett, NCHC Secretary


NCHC Events: Virtual Roundtables

Sign up for a free Virtual Roundtable in 2022 to dive deep with your NCHC Community!

These free virtual events are presented by NCHC Committees, and available for all in the honors community to participate in! Add these to your calendar today:


NCHC Events: Summer Institutes

2022 Summer Institute Series: At Home and Away!

NCHC is bringing you an expanded series of Professional Development options for 2022 that includes both in-person and virtual options. Grow your skills and your honors cohort this summer, no matter your travel situation! Whether you are new to honors or an experienced director or staff member, you can find creative approaches and best practices from NCHC's expert facilitators.



Register for a Summer Institute Today!


2022 NCHC Portz Fellowships

Congratulations to 2022’s Portz Interdisciplinary Fellowship Winners!

Collin Gallimore - $5,000
Project Title:
"Familia de Jesus: A Film of Religious and Cultural Influence in Rural Peru"
Collin is a student at the University of Central Arkansas, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies.
Faculty Sponsor: John Gale

Kendall Kelley - $5,000
Project Title:
The "Hurt" and The "Healing": An Artistic Investigation Into the Impacts of Stigma Surrounding Substance Use Disorder
Kendall is a student at Bellarmine University, majoring in Clinical Psychology and Visual Art.
Faculty sponsor: Dr. Laura Hartford

Srikar Satish - $5,000
Project Title:
Deriving a Consistent Index for the Hegemony of States Using an Advanced Machine Learning and AI Approach
Srikar is a student at Texas A&M University, majoring in International Studies and Political Science with minors in Chinese and Business.
Faculty sponsor: Quan Li

Amy Enberg - $1,500
Project Title:
From "Plusgood" to "Peacekeepers": Manipulation of Language in Dystopian Literature
Amy is a student at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in English.
Faculty sponsor: Dr. Myra Mendible

Emmanuel Epau - $1,500
Project Title:
Understanding Social Media Use in Rural Uganda: An Exploratory Study of Barriers to Digital Communication in Three Communities
Emmanuel is a student at St. Edward's University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Digital Marketing.
Faculty sponsor: Dr. Debra Zahay-Blatz

Anthony Lisi - $1,500
Project Title:
Understanding the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Vascular Complications in the Context of Chronic Kidney Disease: A New Collaboration Between Drexel University Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and The University of Bologna Department of Experimental, Diagnostic, and Speciality medicine (DUniBo).
Anthony is a student at Drexel University, majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biological Sciences.
Faculty sponsors: Dr. Olimpia Meucci, Dr. Gianandrea Pasquinelli, Dr. Renato Brandimarti


Dates and Deadlines

Take note of these upcoming important dates for NCHC members!

May 23 2022 Special Member Vote Opens
May 31 2022 Special Member Vote Closes
June 1 Close of Nominations for Board of Directors (self-nominations remain open until June 1)
June 3

NCHC Student Awards & Scholarships closing:

June 30

NCHC Student Awards & Scholarships closing:


Call for JNCHC Submissions

The next issue of JNCHC (deadline: September 1, 2022) invites research essays on any topic of interest to the honors community.

The issue will also include a Forum focused on the theme “Honors Beyond the Liberal Arts,” in which we invite honors educators to examine the NCHC’s exclusion and inclusion of preprofessional honors programs within its community. We invite essays of roughly 1000-2000 words that consider this theme in a practical and/or theoretical context. 
The lead essay for the Forum is by K. Patrick Fazioli of Mercy College. In “Who Owns Honors?” Fazioli points out the historical role of the liberal arts as the cornerstone of honors, starting with the introduction of honors into the United States in the early twentieth century and continuing through and beyond its statement of the Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program. He cites evidence in NCHC publications and conference sessions of the minor role within the organization of preprofessional honors programs, and he advocates strategies to increase outreach to such programs. Fazioli acknowledges the arguments that have prevailed over the years for privileging the liberal arts, and he respects the value and often the validity of such arguments. Nevertheless, given the NCHC’s emphasis on inclusion and diversity, the absence of professional programs seems antithetical to its mission. Further, now that the number of preprofessional students is far outnumbering liberal arts majors in American higher education, excluding the professions seems especially short-sighted. He concludes by suggesting strategies for outreach to preprofessional honors programs and students.
Contributors to the Forum on “Honors Beyond the Liberal Arts” may, but are not obliged to, respond directly to Fazioli’s essay. Questions that Forum contributors might consider include:

  • What would be the advantages and/or disadvantages of including a preprofessional track (or tracks) at NCHC conferences?
  • What strategies have your (or other) liberal arts/college-wide honors programs adopted to better serve the unique needs of their preprofessional students?
  • What models have worked successfully on your campus in integrating the humanities, sciences, and professional programs in areas outside of honors, and how might these models be adapted to the context of NCHC?
  • What part, if any, is NCHC playing in how preprofessional honors programs develop their curricula and co-curricular experiences?
  • Do you agree that the NCHC should broaden its focus beyond the liberal arts and, if not, why?
  • Should the NCHC follow the lead of an organization like Phi Beta Kappa, which privileges the liberal arts as a way of awarding them prestige while the professions award status and income?
  • Given the decreasing popularity and status of the humanities in contrast to the dramatic rise of the professions in higher education, should the NCHC acknowledge and reflect this contrast?
  • Is there an inherent difference between university-wide honors programs and disciplinary (including preprofessional) honors programs that justifies a continued focus on the liberal arts in the NCHC?
  • Should honors programs expose all their students to the liberal arts, perhaps especially the humanities, as fully as possible and not dilute them through a shared focus on the professions?
  • What pedagogies and values do preprofessional honors programs share with honors programs that foreground the arts, humanities, and sciences? What are the differences?

Information about JNCHC—including the editorial policy, submission guidelines, guidelines for abstracts and keywords, and a style sheet—is available on the NCHC website.

Please send all submissions to Ada Long at

NCHC journals (JNCHC and HIP) and monographs are included in the following electronic databases: ERIC, EBSCO, Gale Cengage, and UNL Digital Commons. Both journals are listed in Cabell International's Directory of Publishing Opportunities.