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Sept. 22, 2015

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GIS Trip to Bulgaria!

Check out the students' blog to learn more about the Summer 2015 Bulgaria Food Drive project. The Global Food Banking Network, an NGO that alleviates hunger by developing food banks worldwide, is working with a group of Rice University students in Bulgaria this summer.

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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. 


Rice University was named to The President's 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll!



HART Findings Included in Parks Department Master Plan Presentation

June 22, 2015

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s Master Plan Presentation on June 22, 2015 included a presentation by Dr. Robert Stein on survey results and findings by Rice University students as part of a Houston Action Research Team (HART) project. This HART project was part of a collaborative effort between Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.   

The Parks HART team, composed of Sally Hodges-Copple, Tanvi Sharma, Lucy Matveeva, and Emily Jacobson, analyzed the park improvement priorities of underrepresented Houston communities, by conducting 403 face-to-face interviews using a self-designed survey.  The team targeted parks users that were previously under-surveyed by focusing on 18 different parks in the Houston area.  The team found that these park users primary concern is clean-up and repair of parks as opposed to previous findings which supported connectivity.  Additionally, the findings suggest that there may be a park quality “threshold” that must be met before users will show preference for bike and pedestrian connectivity.   

The Parks Master Plan Presentation was held in Brown Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and other speakers at the event included representatives from the Trust for Public Land and Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

The Parks Master Plan is updated based on public recommendations, data analysis, and collaboration with other city departments and partners.

More information about the Parks Master Plan can be found here.

For more about the HART program, visit the HART page.



Prizes and awards to degree recipients

May 20, 2015

Rice undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates reaped a number of fellowships, scholarships and awards this year. 


Cortez honored with Powell Commencement Award for Leadership

May 16, 2015

For as long as he can remember, Daniel Cortez has been interested in public service. This weekend, he was honored with the 2015 Gen. Colin Powell Commencement Award for Leadership.

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