Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Current HART Projects

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Undies for Everyone Disaster Relief Plan (Fall 2018)

Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) is collaborating with Undies for Everyone (UFE), a non-profit organization committed to the self-esteem, dignity, and success of disadvantaged students in North America by providing them new underwear. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, UFE collected and distributed 1.5 million pairs of new underwear to people in need of all ages.  This experience demonstrated to UFE the unmet need for underwear donations following such events, and they have responded by expanding their organizational mission beyond elementary and middle school students to include people affected by natural disasters in the United States.  UFE has well-established practices for distributing underwear to students in the Houston and Dallas area school districts that are effective and efficient. They would like to develop a similarly effective and efficient set of organizational practices for responding to natural disasters.

Students:

Elizabeth Dullea, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Kinesiology
Taylor Phillips, Psychology
Aylin Diaz-Valladares, Sociology
Janice Jean, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Team Coach: 

Steven Perry, Political Science

Faculty Advisor:

Doug Schuller, Business and Public Policy

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The Past, Present and Future of Camp Logan (Fall 2018)

This project will support the Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC) by identifying options for preserving the history of Camp Logan, a World War I training camp existing from 1917 to 1919 on the land that is now Memorial Park. Archaeological surveys are on-going at Memorial Park to learn more about Camp Logan’s history and MPC desires to preserve remnants of Camp Logan and possibly create a means for the public to engage with the site. Ideas for engagement include: memorials, reflective space, educational programing, interactive exhibits, or other options. The team will focus on gathering and compiling multiple sources of information about Camp Logan and its transition into Memorial Park, with a focus on African American military history at the site, as well as how similar sites are preserved and their history communicated to the public.

Students:

Catherine Kirby, Political Science
Neha Sahai, Architecture 
Emma Satterfield, Anthropology & History 
Gillian Culkin, Spanish and Portuguese

Team Coach: 

Cathy Boyd, Sociology

Faculty Advisor:

Jeffrey Fleisher, Anthropology

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Promoting Civic Engagement in the Classroom (Fall 2018)

Rice’s Center Civic Leadership is collaborating with Mi Familia Vota (MFV) to develop a handbook of civic education activities for use by high school government teachers and other civic educators to increase youth civic engagement. Results from a previous HART project suggest that high school government classes do not lead to more engaged youth and identified a series of learning outcomes that could address this deficit. This project will operationalize that previous work by combining that work with current statewide standards to create a resource that both meets the standards and incorporates best practices of civic education.

Students:

Cindy Ryoo, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Science
Robin Xiao, Mathematical Economic Analysis & Sociology
Tanvi Jadhav, Political Science & Economics
Hannah Kaplan, Social Policy Analysis & Political Science

Team Coach: 
Matt Lamb, Political Science

Faculty Advisor:

Bob Stein, Political Science