UMass Boston

Honors Events and Activities

Throughout each semester, the Honors College hosts a variety of events to bring the greater campus community together. These events are organized by our Honors Student Ambassadors and are open to all UMass Boston students, staff, and faculty. Read about our Fall 2023 events below!


Ice Cream Social

This year, our annual Ice-Cream Social event to kick off the semester also served as a grand opening for the renovated Honors College office, including a new student study space! Students and staff from across the University joined Honors staff in crafting and eating ice cream sundaes, served by our Honors Student ambassadors (pictured). We also provided the opportunity for students to learn about the Honors College and its benefits. A cool treat is always a great way to kick-off the semester!

ice cream social 2023


Film Screening: The Unknown Country

The Honors College also hosted one of only three region-wide showings of Morrisa Maltz’ new film, The Unknown Country led by Honors faculty Jason Roush. Students and faculty viewed the film about Indigenous culture, the American midwest, and grief and after discussing the movie’s production and reception.

movie screening in ballroom


Fall-oween Extravaganza

On Halloween, we hosted our Fall-oween Extravaganza to celebrate the spookiest season of the year. Alongside traditional holiday activities like trick-or-treating, the community joined for a fall photoshoot and games. Students came in costumes to compete in our contest. Here are some of our winners and their boo-tiful costumes!

Fall-oween 2023


Autumn Craft Workshop

Finally, to celebrate the holiday season and to destress during the weeks leading up to finals, the Honors College held an Autumn craft workshop. With a variety of activities including turkey decorating, card making, and a friendship bracelet station, the community joined us to put together gifts to take home and share with friends and family.


Past Events:

Banned Book Fair

In April, the Honors College hosted a Banned Book Fair, and it was a novel idea! The book fair highlighted a selection of books currently banned from K-12 school systems across America. The Honors student ambassadors were motivated to create this event because so many of the banned books focus on topics such as racial, sexual, and gender identity and they believe it’s important that our students read books that they feel represented by. A total of 102 banned books were raffled off to UMB students at this well-attended event.

The book fair created a buzz both on and off campus, with local CBS affiliate WBZ on hand to highlight the event and interview students.  You can watch a clip here.




Boston’s Green New Deal Discussion

As part of the college’s greater commitment to engage students in complex and interconnected issues, the Honors College invited two guest speakers to discuss Mayor Michelle Wu’s vision for a more sustainable Boston in November 2022. Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space Rev. Mariama White-Hammond and Green New Deal Director Oliver Sellers-Garcia explained the city’s developing plans to address climate change, change to cleaner fuel sources, and promote equity and justice in the city of Boston. You can read more about the event here.

Green New Deal 2022