Honors In Action

HIA Project Committee Meetings Held

Meeting Time: Tuesday 2PM-3PM at BE4106

Thursday 3PM-4PM at BE4106

2018 PTK Honors In Action Topics

Honors In Action (HIA) is designed to engage students in informed action that fosters student success and helps fulfill Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)’s mission to provide college students opportunities to grow as scholars and leaders.The HIA Subcommittee is chaired by our Chapter Vice President Snow Zhou

For more information, please contact: hongyuan.zhou@seattlecolleges.edu

2018 HIA Project Theme: Networks of Life

Research Topic: How has the Convenience of Modern Consumption Impacted Our Environment? What Are the Viable Solutions to Restore the Natural Balance of Our Environment?


This project has been awarded first-place in the greater Northwest Region of PTK and received the Distinguished Honors in Action Award from PTK International! Thanks to everyone involved!

Project Objectives:

Our primary objective was to create an HIA project that would leave a lasting impact on Seattle Central College, even after the current officers and members have graduated or transferred to other institutions. To accomplish this, we created an action plan that would increase productivity during subcommittee meetings, provide an effective time management strategy, and foster accountability so that members may learn the importance of following deadlines and honoring their commitments to the project. The subcommittee’s separate subgroups additionally had a list of their own objectives as detailed below:


a. Research: provide members with guidance on how to develop their undergraduate research skills and how to effectively navigate research databases.

b. Outreach: embrace diversity by demonstrating inclusivity through collaboration with various organizations on campus. Create leadership opportunities for members by challenging them to lead aspects of the project which require networking and communication skills.

c. Action: educate the campus community on environmental issues and explore solutions to environmental degradation due to the convenience of modern consumption.

Action Component:

The action component of our project reflected our conclusion that advancements in technology and industrialization have enabled consumers to adopt lifestyles which favor disposability over reusability, to assume consumption practices which unnecessarily deplete natural resources, and to participate in activities which degrade the environment. To combat environmental degradation, our chapter designed a campus-community urban garden. To complete the garden, we partnered with the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences division, the Creative Academy, the STEM division, the Facilities and Operations department, the Culinary Academy and the Sustainability Lab. These divisions provided us with the necessary tools and information for revitalizing the garden. Externally, we secured donations from Home Depot and Swanson’s Nursery in the form of herbs, plants, and miscellaneous materials for the garden.

Our partnership with various campus organizations provided additional platforms for members to become engaged on campus. For example, our meetings with Facilities and Operations led to members joining the Facilities Operations and Management Advisory Committee (FOMAC) which is a multidisciplinary review team that provides recommendations and guidance to the Director of Facilities regarding campus issues. Additionally, some students joined the Sustainability Council. These relationships have provided invaluable opportunities for members to not only to grow as future leaders, but also to make meaningful contributions to their campus.

In addition to the garden, our chapter also reached out to non-profit organizations that focus on environmental stewardship. We were then able to provide volunteer opportunities to our chapter for ecological preservation efforts in Seattle. For example, through partnership with Forterra, a non-profit organization that focuses on maintaining and preserving Washington’s lands, members had an opportunity to volunteer with the Duwamish Alive Coalition which hosts several events to restore the Puget Sound watershed.


2019 HIA Project Theme: Visions of Justice

How are shifting views of justice transforming global realities, and how are communities responding?


  • HIA Subcommittee Members (2018-2019 school year):

Bin Peng

Claire / Hao Zheng

Devon Hall

Rachel Arneberg

Rebeca Zhou

Robert Zito

Rosemary Kidane

Kim Yooan

Michael / Tin Wing Chu

William Laurence

Janita Leung

Vincenzo Mauer

Zihan Huang

Zhang Qing

Lilly Charnas



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