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Honors in Practice, 2021, Vol. 17:97–107
This article presents a transdisciplinary, cross-campus collaboration among honors and non-honors students in the field of humanities. Trained in oral history methodologies and integrated as IRB-certified researchers into an ongoing (2018–present) project, a cohort of students (n = 34) participate in place-based, community-engaged learning and research involving Hispanic New Mexicans, known as Nuevomexicanas/os. Drawing on the tenets of experiential learning as a mode of honors discourse, the authors describe how this challenging ethnographic project serves to bring a diverse group of learners together while deepening interpersonal, intercultural, and interdisciplinary connections. Results indicate that students benefit from working with more diverse populations and gain insights, expertise, and experiences they demonstrably use outside of class. Acknowledging that this project is not a panacea for ongoing issues in diversifying or innovating honors experience, the authors posit this innovative curriculum as a means for creating connections and fostering student appreciation for each other, the diverse communities in which they live, and the importance of giving back.