Ross Rankin Moody Civic Immersion

Applications for the 2024 Facilitator positions are now open! Due March 31st, 2024

Moody Civic Immersion (formerly Urban Immersion / Civic Owlets) is a summer program coordinated by the CCL that introduces incoming students (both first years and transfers) to the principles of civic leadership, ethical community engagement, and the City of Houston. The guiding mission of the program is to foster the growth of informed and passionate advocates for social justice through community-based learning, critical service, and reflection.

This program is offered in a hybrid model, providing in-person and virtual options 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 a 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 students learn from community organizations, collaborate on projects to assist them and engage in group and individual reflections. View highlights from last year’s in-person program here:

The 2024 student leadership team will work together to plan and implement the in-person and virtual cohort tracks of Civic Immersion for July 2024. Student leadership roles include:

  • Coordinator: Oversees the planning and implementation of logistics and activities for all sessions of Civic Immersion. Responsibilities include participant recruitment, logistics oversight, project management, and peer mentorship.
  • Site Leaders: Work in small groups to plan and implement one in-person or remote (virtual) session of Civic Immersion with follow-up events in the fall semester. Responsibilities include community partner engagement, curriculum development, logistics planning, and peer mentorship.
  • Facilitators: Support the implementation of one in-person session of Civic Immersion, including community-building, transportation, and reflection facilitation.

2024 Moody Civic Immersion Sessions will be held:

  • In-person Session 1: July 6-13, 2024
  • In-person Session 2: July 13-20, 2024
  • Remote (Virtual) Session: July 22-27, 2024

Funding: Site Leader stipends start at $1000; Coordinator stipend is $5,000
Eligibility: Open to all students
CCL Staff: Rachel Bonini (

Our student ambassadors are happy to answer your questions!
CCL Student Ambassadors: Catherine Nguyen ( and Soumya Somani (



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


Center for Civic Leadership
Rice Memorial Center, Room 208
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885


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