Jackson State University
Students are admitted or invited into membership in the Honors College based on academic merit and standardized test scores. During their membership students are submerged into various honors leadership opportunities and services. As a result members strive to be Honors College Graduates which results in competed the leadership development requirements, which are: completion of 30 hours of honors courses/15 hours for transfer members; Honors Colloquium course; participation in one Honors College community service project per semester; participation in at least one Honors College monthly meeting or enrichment session per semester; complete a Study Abroad/Internships/Co-Op; and maintain 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. Thus, Honors College members are prepared to become renowned, technologically savvy, civically engaged, contributing global leaders, laureates, scholars and professionals.
Advocates for World Health
Advocates for World Health honors student chapter at Jackson State University works with the parent nonprofit to collect and redistribute medical products to improve healthcare in the US and abroad (third world countries).
• To collect and supply surplus medical products to the market
• Deliver surplus medical products to people that need it most
• Redirect unused medical supplies away from landfills and incinerators
• Provide leadership experiences to Honors College Students
• To organize and facilitate the chapter, filling all required positions
• To collect medical supplies and redistribute to parent nonprofit organizations
• To prepare student sponsored shipments to go to recipients
• To teach students the various types of medical supplies, equipment and how to sort them for redistribution
• To develop student marketing skills, volunteerism, and student fundraising plans
Du Bois Debaters
The Du Bois Debaters, a W.E.B. Du Bois Honors College program, exist to complement the curriculum, engage members in scholarly discourse and research methods, and provide an enhanced educational experience through members learning to compare world issues, compete successfully and employ ethical conduct in comparing world issues.
• To create a healthy atmosphere of seeking knowledge through research
• Develop confidence and expertise in public speaking and communication skills
• Provide a uniquely rewarding educational experience
• To create opportunities for cultural awareness and experiences
• Members will improve their oratorical, analytical and research skills
• Members will learn and participate in the various debate formats: policy, parliamentary, and teams world
• Members will participate and host debate events: camps, public debates, intercollegiate tournaments, training, and debate viewing parties
Du Bois Peer Mentor Program
The Du Bois Peer Mentor Program is designed to provide freshman Honors College members with upper class Peer Mentors, who serve as positive role models to promote healthy lifestyles, assist in the transition to college and provide services to the Honors College.
• Provide caring mentoring relationships between new students and upper-class Honors College members,
primarily within the same academic department
• Extend the orientation process by providing the necessary information to JSU’s first semester students
when they actually need it. This process will help promote an effortless transition for new students who
enroll at JSU
• Encourage and support new students in achieving student success through their academic and personal goals
• Promote involvement in JSU Honors College programs, activities, and events along with the campus community
• To assist new members with the transition to college
• To provide role-models and leadership among members
• To provide a variety of social and educational activities
• To strengthen Honors College connections for first year members by developing mutually beneficial, positive and lasting relationships
• To provide students with information regarding campus resources
• To encourage student engagement and involvement through their college career
• To provide peer mentors with opportunities for developing skills in leadership, programming, relationship building, and wellness education
Du Bois Peer Tutors
The W.E. B. Du Bois Peer Tutors provide peer tutoring services. Peer tutors have usually (but not always) taken the course(s) for which they tutor and are selected through an application process. All tutors must be approved by the Associate Dean of Honors College or Director of Honor Services and Activities.
• To create a leadership opportunity for Honors College students
• To improve grade point averages of honors college students
• To retain students
• To improve the graduation rate of Honors College members
To become and remain a peer tutor, students must:
• Hold at least second semester standing
• Earn A’s or high B’s in the subject area to be tutored
• Possess a GPA of at least 3.0
• Complete an application form
• Secure recommendations from at least two faculty members
• Obtain approval from the Honors College Director or Associate Dean
• Complete tutor training
Du Bois – Harvey Student Honors Council
The Du Bois- Harvey Student Honors Council is the governing body and student voice of the Du Bois – Harvey Honors College. SHC is responsible for enriching the honors experience at Jackson State University and enabling students to take on active leadership roles within the Du Bois – Harvey Honors College.
• To foster leadership development and create a communications portal for all Honors College members
• To provide a platform for student to create opportunities within the Honors College.
• To serve as a communication link between administration to students
• To sponsor events for Honor students and faculty.
• To plan, coordinate and implement activities for Honors Week.
• To assist with Welcome Week Activities
• To serve as representative on the Honors College Advisory Board and Academic Council.
• To create opportunities for student to present research during conferences
Triple “A” (Academic Advising Aides)
The mission of the Du Bois-Harvey Honors College Academic Advising Aide (TRIPLE A) program is to provide exceptional paraprofessional assistance to the staff of the Honors College during peak registration periods.
Description of Academic Advising Aides (TRIPLE A):
• TRIPLE “A” members are current Honors College sophomores, juniors and seniors who are committed to
student success at Jackson State University.
• TRIPLE A members spend time in the Honors College preparing for registration periods by ensuring that all
items needed for advisement are stocked and ready for use by the Honors College staff.
• TRIPLE “A” member’s assist with the active registration process. TRIPLE A members greet new members,
explain the curriculum and assist with proper course selection. Once course selection is complete, TRIPLE
“A” members escort students to Honors College staff for final review and course entry.
• In conjunction with the Academic Advisor, a select group of TRIPLE A members will have monthly informal
JAMS (Just About Math and Science) sessions with freshman Honors College members to discuss
progress in Math and Science courses. Those who are struggling will be provided individual academic
advisement and intervention. If necessary, they will be referred to study groups or tutorials.
Richard Wright Peer Tutors
The Du Bois – Harvey Honors College and The Richard Wright Center (RWC) collaborate to offer Honors students from across the curriculum the opportunity to complete their Community Service requirement in an intellectual environment. RWC staff train Honors students to provide students with feedback at any stage of the creative and research processes as they develop written, oral, and visual representations of their ideas for an academic audience.
• To foster a culture of writing on our campus
• To increase awareness of the need for feedback during the creative process in
general and the writing process in particular
• To engage Honors students in reflective conversations about their role as tutor
• To increase the ability of the RWC to offer feedback to more JSU students
Objectives: Participants will fulfill their Community Service requirement as they
• Increase awareness of and improve their own writing process
• Improve their active listening skills
• Improve analytical and research skills
• Develop an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice
• Reflect on readings, observations, and tutoring experiences
• Accept the opportunity to collaborate on research projects and present findings at
state and regional conferences