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Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Schwarzman Interviews

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Fulbright Deadline

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Rice postdoctoral fellow highlights experiences of Houston refugees for Rich Endowment project

The Hilda and Hershel Rich Family Endowment for Student Community Service supports student engagement with societal issues through a multi-faceted approach. The projects are intended to make a distinctive impact upon society, raise awareness among the Rice community, and foster and encourage leadership and creativity among Rice students. One of the projects supported by the Rich Family Endowment is Communities in Motion, a multi-media project in collaboration with Dr. Yehuda Sharim, an artist and scholar from Rice University, and the Firestarter Group, a nonprofit organization based in Houston. 

Communities in Motion explores the experiences of Houston refugees as they navigate a new space, find value in new communities, and cope with traumas of their past.  By examining personal narratives alongside community support mechanisms, Communities in Motion highlights the negotiation between complex needs of individuals and the common vision of a community. The project asks how can we share a common space in the midst of unprecedented cultural flux and, most importantly, what bridges are being built to effectively connect individuals and communities.

To gain insight into the community support mechanisms created to accept newly arrived refugees, Dr. Sharim is conducting a wide scale survey of local resettlement agencies, nonprofit organization, and community leadership.  In parallel, individual narratives of refugees are being captured on film, tentatively titled Portraits of Displacement, to depict the experience of various refugee communities arriving at different times from across the world.

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The mission of the Center for Civic Leadership is to foster engaged citizenship through integrated curricular and experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities help students develop the capacity to exercise civic leadership by better understanding themselves, their responsibilities as citizens, the complexity of social issues, and the mechanisms for creating sustainable change in Houston and communities beyond.

The Center for Civic Leadership will be recognized as a model for creating mutually beneficial university-community partnerships that promote positive, sustainable change. Our students and graduates will engage the world confidently and courageously, poised to take action on the challenges they deem most important based on their values, and they will exercise leadership as compassionate, critical thinking citizens whose engagement in communities reflects a dynamic process that continues throughout their lives. 




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