Humanities Learning Center awarded for excellence

By Jessica Sierocki, photo editor. 

UNIVERSITY CENTER, MI – Delta College’s Humanities Learning Center has been awarded the Institutional Excellence Award from the Liberal Arts Network for Development. According to Amy French, Humanities Learning Center coordinator, the program was honored for “the compilation of all the different activities and events we offer on campus to students and the community.”

The emergence of the center is fairly recent and offers a variety of tools for students studying the humanities to stay on track academically while attending Delta. French wanted to emphasize that students could study the humanities at Delta and that there are jobs available for them after they complete their degree.

“I was concerned about the tone of the humanities. There’s always been negativity toward studies, like philosophy and history, as well as people who want to major in the arts,” says French. “We just don’t want our students to think that they won’t be successful or taken seriously if they study the humanities.”

During the school year, French says she is available to speak with students about any concerns they have while taking their humanities classes.

“We offer humanities advocacy days where I, along with learning communities coordinators, will advise students and talk about classes they should take or why they would want to study a subject like history,” says French.

Faculty working within the Humanities Learning Center help the community as well as students.

“We work with community partners who offer internships for our students at several museums and other humanities organizations. We also promote those organizations, so we’re consistently keeping the humanities alive in the community,” says French.

Throughout the year, the center puts on events that are always free and open to the community, as well as students. Though there are no more events scheduled for this semester, the events feature Delta faculty and speaking about their historical and cultural experiences while traveling.

“We want to students to be exposed to something they may not have experienced before,” says French.

For more information about the Humanities Learning Center or to suggest an event idea, contact Amy French at [email protected]

 

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