Randy Ontiveros is the Director of Honors Humanities. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department and an affiliate in U.S. Latina/o Studies, Women’s Studies, and Latin American Studies at the University of Maryland. He is also a board member of the Maryland Humanities Council. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Since then, he has researched and taught at UMD in the field of Latinx Studies. His book In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement was published by New York University Press in 2013. He has published essays on topics ranging from Latinx environmentalism to television coverage of the Mexican-American civil rights movement. Currently, he is writing a book about Latinx and the American suburbs. In 2015 Professor Ontiveros won the USM Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Teaching. In 2016 he was awarded the Donna B. Hamilton Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education. He lives in Greenbelt with his human family and his rescue dog, Ginger. Dr. Ontiveros teaches Honors Humanities 105, “Fearless Ideas in the Humanities.”
Sarah Bonnie Humud is the Associate Director of Honors Humanities. Her most recent publications use postcolonial, feminist, and critical race studies to examine multiethnic American literature for the ways colonial ideologies propagate as neutral, and even invisible, in nineteenth- and twentieth-century prose, poetry, government accounts, and legal discourse. Her research and teaching specializations include early through contemporary multiethnic American literature, Native American literature, global women's literatures, global postcolonial literatures, critical race studies, postcolonial critique, and feminist theory. She has earned several teaching awards, including the All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship and the Triota Women's Studies Celebration of Feminism Award. She received her B.A. in English with honors from Tufts University, her M.A. in English from New York University, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, where she received the generous support of the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, the Kwiatek Fellowship, and the James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship. Dr. Humud teaches Honors Humanities 106: “Arts & Humanities in Practice.”
Justine DeCamillis is a PhD Candidate in the English Department. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in English, minor in Art History and a license in secondary education. Her work focuses on early modern English performance, specifically labor and the representation of the other on the Renaissance stage. Justine has taught a variety of classes at UMD ranging from ancient literature to Shakespeare and her commitment to her students' classroom experience earned her the 2019 James A. Robinson Teaching Award. Aware of the interdisciplinarity of the humanities, she has made it a touchstone of her graduate career to support programming that encourages a variety of perspectives. As a result, Justine managed the Marshall Grossman Lecture series, served as the co-chair of the English Graduate Conference Committee, and worked as a GA for UMD's Democracy Then and Now project.
Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
As the library’s Outreach Librarian, it is Jordan's goal to develop and foster meaningful and beneficial relationships between the library and the diverse and varied University of Maryland communities including academic departments, Living/Learning communities, multicultural student associations, and many more. Additionally, as the liaison librarian for the department of Psychology, he strives to support student, faculty, and administrative learning through library instruction, research help, collection management, and online learning materials support.
Honors Humanities Building Service Team
Ray (left) joined our Honors Humanities staff in 2015. She services Anne Arundel on floors two and four, as well as half of the ground floor. She currently attends UMUC, where she majors in Human Resource Management. Maria (right) joined our Honors Humanities staff in 2016. She services flours one and three, as well as half of the ground floor. For some fun tidbits to get to know them: Ray has two daughters, her favorite color is purple, and she loves cheesecake; Maria has two sons, her favorite color is red, and she loves vegetables. Ray and Maria work year-round to maintain our community spaces. Please join them in keeping our HoHum home clean!
Chidera Umeozulu is a Neuroscience major on the pre-med track from Clarksville, Maryland. In addition to council, Chidera is an Honors Ambassador, a member of the Charles R. Drew Pre-Health Society, and a general executive officer of the UMD Chapter of Oxfam, the global poverty organization. She loves photography, travelling with her family, and Doctor Who.
Alyssa Hecht is a freshman Neurobiology and Physiology major from Perry Hall, Maryland. She hopes to one day become an optometrist. In addition to being on Honors Humanities Council, she is an Honors Ambassador, a brother in Alpha Phi Omega, and a member of Terrapin Tap Troupe. She enjoys having fun with friends, dancing, volunteering, and drinking coffee.
Gabriel Mignardi is an International Relations and Spanish double major with a minor in sustainability. Besides being a member of council, Gabe is also a member of the UMD club gymnastics team. His other interests include remaining active as a member of intramural sports teams, having movie nights with his friends, and exploring new places in and around College Park.
Katya Beltran is a chemistry and criminology double major. She is also a member of the chemistry professional fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma. She enjoys tutoring others, working out, playing board games, and dancing with friends! She is excited to help out on council and make HOHUM a fun and supportive place for everyone. She is really bubbly and she is a fun person to talk to so don’t hesitate to hit her up!
Maddie Osterman is a Theatre and Philosophy double major from Bethesda, Maryland. Outside of council, she also serves as President of her sorority on campus, Delta Phi Epsilon. She loves hanging out with her friends, TikTok, Marvel movies, and baking. HoHum is where she made some of her closest friends and best memories, and as a member of council she hopes to create that same amazing experience in the program for other students!