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Model World Health Organization

The Honors College is excited to be expanding its Model Debate program with the addition of the Model World Health Organization (MWHO). MWHO is an authentic simulation of the World Health Assembly, providing a platform for students to assume the roles of a variety of actors and engage in debates and discussions on global health challenges. Delegates debate, write and ultimately vote on resolutions meant to address the conference theme. The 2021 conference theme is Refugee and Migrant Healthcare Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The 2021 American Model World Health Organization Conference will be held virtually, April 17-18. 

As with all Model Debate programs, Model WHO is open to students of all majors. By participating in Model Debate, students develop and hone competencies, including public speaking, research and critical analysis, which are essential to their future success. 

Paid Service Opportunities  Summer & Fall, 2021

The Honors College is proud to announce a new partnership between the Office of Global Engagement & Special Programs and Serve Houston, a program of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. Serve Houston is a service corps of diverse young adults serving together as Ambassadors to strengthen the health and well-being of Houston’s most vulnerable communities. Through the successful completion of service projects in small teams, Ambassadors are prepared to become aspiring servant leaders in any industry. Service and internship opportunities are open to current students and recent graduates looking for service experience with a reputable nonprofit.

Ambassadors will serve from May 31 to November 19, 2021 and receive an hourly wage and a $1,000 education award upon successful completion of the program. Lead Ambassadors will begin service on May 18 and receive an hourly wage and a $1,500 education award upon successful completion of the program. Position requirements and application criteria may be found here.

Oxford Human Rights Consortium Application Now Open

In partnership with the Hobby School of Public Policy, the Honors College invites students interested in human rights, social justice and public policy to apply for the Oxford Human Rights Consortium's virtual conference. 

The death of George Floyd stunned the world. It also galvanized a movement toward racial justice around the world. That movement is the subject of this year’s Oxford Consortium on Human Rights workshop, Racial Justice, Minority Rights, and Religious Freedom – Global Dimensions of the Black Live Matter Movement. It draws on the activist momentum created by BLM to look at similar situations of racism, discrimination and human rights activism on all continents of the world. Over the course of several weekends in March, the program will focus on a different region to look first at people's experience in Oxford itself, then in Ethiopia and Rwanda in Africa, the history of Armenians and Kurds in West Asia, Dalits and Rohingya in South Asia, and indigenous people in Ecuador and LGBTI minorities across Latin America. Students will engage in discussions with leading Oxford scholars working on these topics and work with them and other OCHR students and faculty to develop their own personal human rights activism.

Please submit a letter of interest that includes any work in human rights and racial justice, as well as a CV and/or resume, to More details regarding dates and criteria may be found here. To view the workshop schedule, click here.

Edith and Robert Zinn Scholarship, Zinn Scholars Program established in Honors College

Through the generosity of Edith and Robert Zinn, a new scholarship has been established in the Honors College. The Zinn Scholarship will provide need-based aid to students who declare one of the Honors College's seven minors. For the Global Engagement and Research minor, students must be enrolled in the gateway course, Principles and Practices of Global Engagement (HON 3360H), and meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in the Honors College
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
Students pursuing a degree in religion or ethnic studies are not eligible.

Final decisions about the recipients and amount of the scholarship will be determined by the University of Houston Honors College Scholarship Selection Committee. Zinn Scholars will be expected to exhibit heightened participation in the Global Engagement and Research minor and program and will have the following ambassadorial duties:

  • Recruiting
  • Representing
  • Exemplifying
  • Communicating
  • Marketing

For information on how to apply, please email the Office of Global Engagement and Special Programs at


OGESP Events

Honors College and OGESP to host annual Global Engagement Pitch Party

The Honors College’s global engagement programming is returning. You’re invited to come check out the many experiential learning opportunities you can participate in during the 2021–2022 academic year. We have everything from excursions within the Houston community to weeks-long trips in Tunisia, Greece, Jordan and England. Email with questions or for more information.


Friday, September 10, 1 – 2 p.m. in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion