The Honors College Programming Council (HCPC) exists to provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage with the Honors College community outside of the classroom. Signature 2022-23 events include the fall festival, Bob Ross painting, gingerbread house decorating, a tea party, a LGBTQIA+ art gallery, and the DMA/Perot Museum trip. HCPC events are open to all members of the Honors College. You can connect with HCPC on Instagram @unt_hcpc.

Recruitment for HCPC occurs each Spring semester via online application. Keep an eye out in the Honors College newsletter around Spring Break!

Honors College Programming Council Members 2023-2024



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Jackie Perez (She/Her)


Hello! My name is Jackie Perez, and I am the President of HCPC for the 2023-2024 academic year. I am from a small town in Texas called Copperas Cove, and I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Rehabilitation Studies. After graduation, I plan on going to graduate school to get a PhD and become a Professor in Higher Education on a university campus. I absolutely love learning about college students and have always enjoyed being in their presence! Apart from school, I am a McNair Scholar, work for UNT as a Resident Assistant at Maple Hall, and am a member of many other organizations. In my free time, I love to volunteer, read, watch movies, listen to music, spend time with friends, and adventure in nature :)

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Lizette Reyes (She/Her)

Vice President

Hi y'all! My name is Lizette and I am the VP for HCPC this year! I am from Denton, Texas and I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in biology and in human development and family sciences. I hope to become a physician assistant after college and a fun fact about me is that I visited seven countries this summer!  Aside from HCPC, I am a Resident Assistant at Clark Hall and an officer for the Terry Scholars. I enjoy meeting new people and I am excited for what this year has in store!

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Sarah Paulsen (She/Her)


Hi! My name is Sarah Paulsen and I’m from Austin, TX! I was born in Portland, Maine and spent the first few years of my life there. My family goes back to Boothbay every summer and it’s my favorite place on earth! I am currently a senior majoring in Entrepreneurship. I am a member of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Chi Omega on campus and serve on the business recruitment team! This year will be my third year in HCPC and second year as the treasurer! In my free time, I love attending concerts, creating ceramics, serving the community, drinking coffee, cooking new food, traveling, and hanging out with my friends. I’m also a cat mom to my little angel named Gila. She’s named after a Beach House song, iykyk.  I love meeting new people so feel free to reach out whenever!! 

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Urja Joshi (She/Her)

Inclusive Cultures Chair

Hi! My name is Urja Joshi and I'm from Frisco, Texas. I am a double major in History and Religion. I lived in India for three years and have gone back many times to visit my family, so it's become one of my favorite places to visit. I love traveling, and actually studied abroad this summer in Spain! I'm passionate about learning about other cultures, so I'm really excited and happy to be the Inclusive Cultures Chair for HCPC. I play the harp and piano, and in my free time, I really enjoy reading books, specifically romance novels, and watching movies, specifically 90s romcoms, and exploring new coffee shops! :)

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April McDowell (She/Her)

Arts Chair

Howdy, I’m April McDowell! This is my third year at UNT, in the honors college, and my second year as a member of HCPC. I am a psychology major, and I’m minoring in ASLP. I love all kinds of music (I’m a band and theatre nerd at heart), and I’ve played piano for about 13 years. I am graduating in December of 2023, and I plan to go to graduate school to get my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Go mean green!

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Ayah Ahmed (She/Her)

STEM Chair

Hey, my name is Ayah, I am from Dallas, TX. I am currently a senior majoring in biochemistry and minoring in biology. I am excited to be part of HCPC as STEM chair. Last year I was general coordinator and loved being a part of HCPC. I am aspiring to work in the medical field someday. In my free time I like to play volleyball, read, and paint.

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Lina Miljanic

Marketing Chair

Heya, my name is Lina and I am a junior studying Psychology with minors in Counseling and Human Development. I am the other half of the marketing coordinator chair. My campus involvement is extensive so please bear with me: I am a 2nd-year Resident Assistant at Kerr Hall, I am a Research Assistant in Hogge Lab, I am a psychology peer mentor for ACCESS & I proudly serve as the UNT Green Jacket's Vice President of Membership. Whenever I have free time I like to listen to podcasts (horror fiction is definitely one of my fav genres), hang out with my friends at the library, and draw :P

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Sriya Vempati (She/Her)

Marketing Chair

Hey! My name is Sriya. I am a 3rd-year Graphic Design Major with a Marketing and Art History minor. I am one of two marketing chairs this semester. I have been with HCPC for one year, one semester as a general coordinator, and one as the student activities chair. I hope to use a combination of my graphic design and marketing skills to help me become a successful Graphic Designer. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, browse through Netflix or take a walk around campus. 

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Sarah Robertson (She/Her)

Student Activities Chair

Hi !! My name is Sarah Robertson and I’m in my 3rd year at UNT studying Public Health with a minor in Biology, Pre-Med. I currently serve as the Student Body Vice President and a part of many other orgs on campus as well. I have recently studied aboard to France this past summer and had an amazing time learning/ sightseeing. Some of my favorite things to do is read, listen to music and try new foods !

General Coordinators: 

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Hetvi Joshi (She/Her)

Hi! My name is Hetvi Joshi, and I am a fourth-year student majoring in Communication Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. Additionally, I am double minoring in Marketing and Art History. I am from Mckinney, Texas and something I truly enjoy about UNT is the friendly atmosphere created by everyone there. In my free time I love to read, binge-watch, dance, and hang out with my friends and family. I am also passionate about watching anime, hiking, and learning new things like playing volleyball.

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Emily Warren (She/Her)

Howdy howdy howdy! I'm Emily (she/her), and I'm a second-year student majoring in computer science with a minor in Spanish. When I have time, I love to crochet, listen to music, and watch silly little cartoons :) I'm excited to be a part of HCPC this year, and can't wait to meet all of you!

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Anika Murugesan (She/Her)

Hi! My name is Anika and I'm from Dallas, Texas. This is my second year at UNT and I'm majoring in Interdisciplinary Art & Design Studies on the Design Management track. After graduation, I hope to work in the creative industry. In my free time, I enjoy painting, reading, watching TV, and spending time with friends.

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Jaylah Williams (She/Her)

Hello everyone! My name is Jaylah Williams and I am currently a junior majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and ASLP. I aspire to be an ENT Physician Assistant and am currently the Historian of the Medically Dedicated Student Organization (MDSO). I enjoy reading, watching Netflix, listening to Kpop, and going to concerts. I’m excited for what this new year has in store for me. GO MEAN GREEN!!!

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Maitreyi Sriram (She/Her)

Hello, My name is Maitreyi Sriram and I am a member of the Honors College Programming Council. I'm from Coppell, TX, and am currently a biochemistry major. My career aspiration is to go into clinical research. I love writing stories, reading books, and singing.

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Cameron Stancil (He/Him)

Hey there! My name is Cameron and I am from Bellaire, TX. I was born in Palo Alto, California where I only spent a months there before my family decided to settle in Texas. I am currently a junior and I am majoring with a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry. I love working with my hands which has lead me to join theatre tech crews in the past, and I try to take any opportunity I can to learn new skills (For instance, over the summer I learned how to better use excel, skills in data analytics, as well as a side project in woodworking). I also can play the clarinet, and was part of a school band all the way up till the end of my high school years.

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Zainab Odunewu (She/Her)

Hello! My name is Zainab but I go by Z! I am so excited to be part of HCPC this year! I am currently a 19 year old sophomore this year and it will be my second year in Honors College. However, this is my first year in HCPC. I am originally from Providence, Rhode Island but moved to Mansfield, Texas in 2017. I am currently a Biology major with a Chemistry and Dance minor. A few hobbies of mine are reading, dancing, and helping people out in numerous ways. I am also a Netflix fanatic! My favorite book is Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. My favorite tv show is either Bridgerton or Never Have I Ever! Nice to meet everyone and excited for this year!

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Abida Raheem (She/Her)

Hello ya'll! My name is Abida Raheem, and I am a junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. I aspire to become a pediatrician after graduating. In my free time, I enjoy baking, visiting museums, making pottery, and watching horror movies. I'm excited to meet everyone and see how this year will be!