Honors Program > Our Mission > Honoring Diversity
At DePaul University, social justice is a core tenet of our Vincentian values. The Honors Program is committed to creating an educational environment of respect and inclusion that celebrates differences, challenges prejudice, and allows all members to be their authentic selves safely and openly.
Students will choose from a variety of seminar offerings, each focusing on systems of power, oppression, and privilege through a social justice lens. Students will investigate the underlying structures that create injustice in contemporary society, and they will study the ways in which racism and the legacy of colonialism perpetuate inequality and oppression.
Students will investigate the history of race in American policing by exploring a number of related phenomena, including racial profiling, excessive policing, mass incarceration, and failure to punish those who kill or otherwise abuse Black people. This class discusses the origins of urban policing and slave patrols, lynching, police and judicial repression of the civil rights movement, modern police militarization, and police killing.
On the street and at the ballot box, LGBTQ+ communities have waged defiant protest movements against the “straight state” by forming vibrant queer social spaces, engaging in equal rights campaigns, and demanding public and cultural visibility. By examining historical inflection points, including the Stonewall Riots, AIDS epidemic, and recent campaigns for marriage equality and Transgender rights, students will evaluate the strategies that LGBTQ+ activists employed and investigate how participants of these movements experienced, harnessed, and promoted “PRIDE!
This course introduces students to philosophical inquiry by way of recent philosophical work on the concept of race. This course will explore the metaphysics of race, the place of race in the history of modern western philosophy, the phenomenological and existential import of race, as well as ethical and political considerations such as the morality of racism and racial injustice.
Cannabis has been recognized throughout history as a pharmacological agent to treat a variety of conditions. This history was interrupted by a series of prohibitions and criminalization policies that were driven by racism in the U.S. and elsewhere. This course examines systems of power that have perpetuated the criminalization of cannabis, the suppression of research into its viability as a pharmacological agent, as well as contemporary efforts to promote social justice and racial equity in the wake of the War on Drugs.
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