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The Houston Policy Challenge (HPC) is an annual competition that enables Rice students to learn about and respond to a policy issue facing Houston leaders and residents.  As a Learn Level CCL program, HPC introduces students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to civic leadership through an engaged, community-focused approach to advocacy and public policy.  Participants work together in teams, learn about the policy issue through independent research and interaction with campus and community experts, and present creative, community-focused policy solutions to a panel of city and community leaders.

The policy issue focus for HPC 2021-22 is HEALTHCARE.

HPC is a team-based opportunity open to Rice undergraduates of all years and majors.  Students may register as teams or sign up as individuals and be placed on teams with help from program coordinators.

Info Session: TBD
Kick off Event: Late October
Community Partner Event: November
HPC Competition event : March 2022

Participants in the Houston Policy Challenge program will:

Chart with the words learn, interact, work and present. This is what the students are going to get out of this experience.

All HPC participants will receive:

  • A general introduction to the policy arena of healthcare access
  • An overview of the public policy process
  • An appreciation for community-focused policy formation
  • Academic insights into the issue through interaction with faculty
  • Opportunities to meet and learn from Houston-area issue leaders
  • Resources for learning more about Houston-specific, healthcare policy issues
  • Individualized team advising sessions 

CCL staff contact : Morgan Kinney,

Student Coordinators : Maria Alejandra Mora (, Ashley Zhou (, Christi Nguyen (


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

Phone: 713-348-2223
Fax: 713-348-5885


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