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Jan. 19, 2018

Wagoner Deadline

Jan. 19, 2018

Beinecke Internal Deadline

Jan. 19, 2018

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Houston air quality event connects research findings to action in local communities

"Bringing Houston Air Pollution Research to Local Action: Acute Health Effects for Vulnerable Populations" on Friday, September 25th brought together city leaders, community voices, and researchers for a series of moderated discussions that connected research findings to action on air quality issues in Houston.

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Fostering civic leadership through integrated curricular and experiential learning opportunities that enable students to understand the complexity of social issues, their roles as active members of society, and the mechanisms for achieving equitable and inclusive communities.


Updates & Upcoming Events

The HCP Challenge is a Harvey-related public policy competition for Rice students that brings the design process to local Houston policy. Participating students will form teams and learn about the specific challenges faced by community stakeholders specifically in Houston's Meyerland neighborhood including residents, businesses, and community organizations. In February, students will present specific policy proposals, designed for the real-time challenges faced by Meyerland, a particularly flood-prone neighborhood, to a panel of community leaders. The winning student proposal will be eligible for $15,000 in seed money that will be used to initiate the project in the target Houston city office, department, or organization. There are also financial prizes for the members of the first, second, and third placed teams.

The Houston Centered Policy Challenge (HCP) is organized by the Baker Institute Student Forum, Design for America, and the Center for Civic Leadership and generously funded by Rice HERE, an initiative of the Office of the President. 

For more information, contact: dratnoff@rice.eduegk3@rice.edu, or mmm23@rice.edu

Student Opportunity Center 

The Center for Civic Leadership and Office of Inquiry-Based Learning are excited to announce the launch of the Student Opportunity Center, a centralized resource for Rice students to find experiential learning opportunities on- and off-campus. The SOC’s focus on research, funding, and conferences complements the resources already provided by CCD's Handshake. We recommend that you use both databases to identify the full range of opportunities available to you as a Rice student. Click here to access your SOC account.


Announcing GEO 1X, a joint initiative of the Center for Civic Leadership, Student Success Initiatives, and the Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development Program to provide first generation and/or low-income students an introductory international experience focused on STEM outreach. The inaugural GEO 1X will be in Quito, Ecuador, over Spring Break (March 9-18, 2018). More info here.

Alternative Break: Beyond the Sallyport

Civic Leadership Competencies: Values, Beliefs, and Assumptions, Reflection, Diversity of Communities and Cultures

Alternative Break: Beyond the Sallyport combines the Houston-based focus of the Center for Civic Leadership's Urban Immersion program with the social issue focus of the Alternative Spring Break program.  Over the course of the Rice fall and spring recess periods, site leaders and participants will engage in education, critical service and reflection to gain a deeper understanding of a social issue and its impact on Houstonians.  

The Sallyport, an iconic stone archway on the Rice campus that serves as the entry point for freshmen during the annual matriculation ceremony, has become synonymous with the Rice experience. Beyond the Sallyport encourages students to move past their collective comfort zone, redefine community, and claim their place in Houston's future.

Date Held:  Rice University Fall and Spring Recess periods

  • Spring 2018: Thursday, February 8th - Saturday, February 10th 

Program Outline:  

  • Thursday, 2/8 -  Dinner and Program Orientation  
  • Friday, 2/9 - Education, service and reflection off-campus with community partners 
  • Saturday, 2/10 - Education, service and reflection off-campus with community partners, program conclusion  

Funding: The CCL covers all costs.  

Application process:  Participants applications will go live the first week of Spring semester and are due Sunday, January 21st by 11:59pm 

Contact:  Marcia Walker-McWilliams, mw67@rice.edu / 713-348-6044








Spring 2017 CCL Newsletter
Jan. 11, 2017

Read our highlights of Fall 2016 here. 

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Outreach Day 2016
Aug. 30, 2016

Over 200 students participated in this year's Outreach Day, which focused on refugee resettlement in Houston.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter
July 31, 2016

The summer issue of the CCL newsletter is here.

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