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DuBois Honor Society



W.E. B. DuBois Honor Society honors the memory of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois by promoting the pursuit of academic excellence in all fields of higher education, engaging the community of scholars in service to others and recognizing the outstanding achievements of the society's members.


The first chapter in the national organization was founded at Florida State University (FSU) in 1991. In 2005, through the initiative of Dr. Karen Laughlin, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at FSU, members of the local society, faculty and staff came together with the purpose of creating a national office for the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society and establishing chapters at other institutions.

The Experience

The Clemson chapter functions as a learning community for members who will engage with each other through the following areas:


  • Service. Members will be expected to engage in a sustained service project to create positive change in communities.
  • Community Building. Opportunities to get to know other students through activities such as member potlucks, game/trivia nights, cultural excursions, local festivals and on-campus events.
  • Academic Excellence Seminars. Small group experiences that focus on enhancing academic skills or enriching your curricular experiences. These sessions will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to engage with students to discuss cultural experiences, current event topics, academic lectures,and personal or professional development.
  • DuBois Scholarship. Dr. W.E.B. DuBois is world-renowned for his writings, teaching and leadership with social action organizations to support the development and growth of black people. Members will regularly engage with Dr. DuBois’ work to understand his perspective and why his work is valued by many.

Membership Information

Membership into the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society is open to all students who meet the following membership criteria:


  • Undergraduate degree-seeking student enrolled fulltime.
  • Must have achieved sophomore status (30 semester credits or more).
  • Must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3.

If you have questions, please contact Simone Richardson.