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Feb. 23, 2018

Abraham-Broad Deadline

March 1, 2018

Abraham-Broad Interviews

March 8, 2018

Udall Final Deadline

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Building a bridge to clean air in Houston

Like all HARTs advised through the Center for Civic Leadership, the Bridge to Clean Air project is a collaboration of a Houston community partner, a faculty adviser and an interdisciplinary team of Rice undergraduates.

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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

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.

Houston Centered Policy Challenge: Flood Resiliency in Meyerland

What is Houston-Centered Policy?

The Houston Centered Policy (HCP) Challenge is an annual competition for Rice students that brings the design process to local Houston policy. Students will submit specific policy proposals designed for the real-time challenges faced by Houston communities. HCP brings students into conversation with neighborhood and government actors working to address community issues, leading students to understand how residents identify local challenges and potential solutions, and how these are incorporated into broader city planning efforts. The HCP Challenge is hosted in collaboration with Rice's Center for Civic Leadership, the Baker Institute Student Forum, and Rice's chapter of Design for America. Support and funding are provided by the Rice University Office of the President through the Houston Engagement and Recovery Effort (HERE) fund.

Key Dates Spring 2018

Design Introduction, January 18th, 5pm

Workshop hosted by Design for America (DFA). As entries are supposed to showcase their use of human-centered design, this workshop is for participants to start thinking about how to frame their proposals.

Professor Panel, January 26th, 2pm

Panel followed by a chance for teams to get one-on-one advice. Professors who are specializing in flood resiliency and policy will have a discussion panel and then teams will rotate to consult with individual panelists. Participating professors include Dr. Joshua Furman, Dr. Lester King, Prof. Richard Johnson, Dr. Robert Stein, and Dr. Phil Bedient.

Community Panel, February 1st, 5pm

Panel of Meyerland community stakeholders. The first half of the event will be a panel discussion and the second half will include a chance to speak to individual panel members. This is an opportunity to get feedback on proposals and meet potential partners for project implementation.

HCP Challenge Presentations, February 22nd, 5:00pm

This event will be held in the Kyle Morrow Room of Fondren Library. Participants should plan to arrive early. Each presentation should take 5 minutes, 7 minutes with questions. Dinner will be provided.

Contact Info

The HCP Challenge is sponsored by the Baker Institute Student Forum, Design for America, and the Rice University Center for Civic Leadership.

Email hcpchallenge@rice.edu with any questions!







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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