Beginning with the class of 2009, the Honors Forum requires all members to complete a citizenship project. This project will provide you with an opportunity to pursue a passion outside of the classroom or as an extension of a classroom experience, while also involving a larger community, within or without Skidmore College. The project should be equally process- and product- oriented as well as intellectually rigorous; it will require considerable initiative, planning, organization, leadership, and personal reflection. The Honors Forum believes that all Honors students should use their talents to contribute to campus and community life, while also pursuing and sharing their passions as well as creatively and actively developing their intellect and planning skills. This experience is meant to stretch you creatively and intellectually beyond the scope of a normal academic or extracurricular undertaking on this scale; you are encouraged to use this opportunity to significantly pursue your passions and dreams. The project may also act as a preparatory experience for your Senior Capstone.
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Following are the criteria for completing this requirement:
Final Reflection. At the conclusion of your project, you will compose a reflection piece covering major accomplishments, outcomes, personal reactions, and self-critique. Your reflection piece could be a short essay, a presentation, an album, a film or another creative medium. If your project is particularly intensive and takes place only over the course of a few days (a weekend, perhaps), this piece shall be combined with the previous criterion (mid-term reflection).
Group Projects. Group projects are encouraged. Each student in a group must complete the required hours, log, mid-term reflection, and final reflection piece on his or her own.
Citizenship Committee. You must propose your project idea to the Citizenship Committee. The Citizenship Committee shall be formed of faculty, staff, and students from Honors Council, the Honors Forum Executive Committee, and at-large Forum members. The committee shall rotate its membership annually. Teams of three, consisting of one faculty or staff member from Honors Council, one Honors Forum Executive Committee member, and one at-large member of the Forum will handle up to ten projects each. Your proposal form will include an explanation of: the nature of the work to be done, the motivation for your project, the intellectual rigor of your project, the estimated number of work hours, where your project will be done, how your project goes beyond an academic course (if applicable), and how your work will benefit a community. One team will approve your proposal, or make recommendations and ask for revisions. Project proposals for the current semester will not be accepted after the 4th week of the semester.
Case-by-Case Consideration. The team handling your project will determine if your project meets the guidelines established in this proposal on a case-by-case basis, utilizing careful discretion.
Project Evaluation. The team will also review your log, your mid-term reflection piece, and your final reflection piece. If your project is determined to be unsatisfactory, you will not have fulfilled the requirement, though you may try another project in following semesters.
Gatherings. Each semester, the Honors Forum will offer three informal dinners for everyone completing their Citizenship Requirement in that term. While you are engaged in your project, you are required to attend at least two of these events. This component aims to foster a sense of community among Honors Forum members. At least one member of the Citizenship Committee must be present at each dinner. The Citizenship Committee may choose to ask students to speak about their projects with others during this time.
Paperwork. All paperwork must be submitted to the Honors Forum secretary.
Possible citizenship projects:
Note that there exist hundreds of possible projects; the above list is merely a sample.