Civic Immersion

Civic Immersion

Open to ALL incoming students, including first years and transfer students. No prior knowledge or experience with civic engagement or service-learning is necessary. 

Civic Immersion 2022 Registration | Applications for In-Person participation will close on Friday, June 3rd, 2022

The Civic Immersion program is a service-learning opportunity that aims to introduce incoming students to the city of Houston and other members of the Rice community, including upperclassmen, faculty/staff, and each other! This program is offered in a hybrid model, providing in-person and virtual tracks for students from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations to meet and build community. Students participating in person will live and learn as cohorts together in Houston for the week, meanwhile students participating virtually will be immersed in similar programs and activities intentionally designed for the virtual cohort, and engage in hybrid-facilitated workshops. Civic Immersion is led by current Rice students eager to help new students learn from community organizations, collaborate on projects to assist them, and engage in group and individual reflections. Students will be able to connect with incoming peers, begin to build community in their soon-to-be home, and learn about opportunities that will be available to them through the CCL and beyond!

In the summer of 2021, over 240 incoming students participated in the completely remote version of this program! Participants were able to connect with Houston-area community partners covering a wide range of social issues affecting our communities. These partners included Black Lives Matter Houston, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mi Familia Vota, and many more.

2021 topics included: 


Labor Rights

Housing Access

Health Equity

Democratic Inclusion

If you have any questions, please e-mail Chasmine Anderson ( or Pame Cortés Ortiz (

Dates held: July 10-15th: HYBRID!  In-person and Remote participants Welcome | July 25-29th: REMOTE!  This session will be completely virtual

Registration: Registration for Summer 2022 is open now!  Applications for In-Person participation will close on Friday, June 3rd, 2022.

Eligibility: Open to incoming undergraduate students

CCL Staff: Chasmine Anderson ( and Pame Cortés Ortiz (


Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885



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