UNIV 402 (3 credits) is required of students completing the Certificate in Civic Leadership. UNIV 402, offered each fall semester, prepares students to complete high-level, independent, community-based projects and enhances students’ inclination and capacity to lead in a variety of community settings.
Students in UNIV 402 will move through three main stages in the development of their project proposal: (1) naming and framing the issue that their project will address; (2) defining a specific community need (and a specific location) that the project will target; (3) designing a creative, realistic, and appropriate plan to the to meet the community need. Students will be responsible for drafting relevant portions of their proposal during each of these stages.
UNIV 403 is an independent course that requires students to implement their projects under the supervision of a faculty advisor. In
How do I move from UNIV 402 to UNIV 403 and implement my project proposal?
Before the end of the semester, students will submit their completed proposal to the UNIV
In School Suspension: Systems, Processes, & Implementation
Methodology: Interviewed 5 faculty at an HISD high school Conducted observations in ISS classroom Researched ISS models and best practices.
Emerging Latino Leaders Fellowship Program
Partner: Mi Familia Vota
The Emerging Latino Leaders (ELL) Fellowship was created in the spring of 2015 through collaboration between Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership and Mi Familia Vota—a non-profit, non-partisan, national organization dedicated to increasing Latino civic engagement.
Block Heroes: Participatory Placemaking in the Fifth Ward
Partner: Fifth Ward Community Development Program
Block Heroes has been a collaboration between Grant Patterson of Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership, Krystal Hasselmeier of the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, Sandra Flowers of the Greater Fifth Ward Stakeholders’ Partnership, Monique Ward of METRO. It could not have been done without the support of Stephen Sye of Habitat for Humanity, Houston. With the framework for the project laid down in Fall 2014, during the Spring 2015 semester, planning and implementation took place. The final work day, which included a volunteer group from Rice and METRO working on houses and planting plants on Coke Street, is set to take place on May 9th. The goal of the project was to do a participatory placemaking process in the Fifth Ward. This is to say that residents on a single block were to come together to imagine the Fifth Ward and their street at its best and to come up with implementable projects to get closer to that vision. The process of creating and implementing these goals, and all of the challenges and victories that have happened in between, are what made the placemaking effort. In working with each other and me to plan these projects, reach out to political and nonprofit actors for assistance in their goals, residents became closer to one another.
FORECASTING WEEKEND RIDERSHIP FOR METRO’S NEW BUS NETWORK
Partner: Houston Metro
Community Curriculum: Inspiring Students Through Cultural Learning
Partner: Pleasant Hill After School Enrichment
Based on the identified needs of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church’s youth program, this project is centered on incorporating a community-based curriculum into the Pleasant Hill After School Enrichment program (PHASE) that serves students in grades K-12 in the Fifth Ward area of Houston. This curriculum uses interviewing, storytelling, and other activities to engage students and provide them with an outlet for imagination and creativity while also expanding upon basic knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math. The project adds to existing research on place-based learning activities and asset-based models of education, such as that of Luis Moll. Given the growing focus on preparation for generic, impersonal standardized testing in the classroom, the goal of this curriculum is to emphasize local and community history in order to give students a sense of confidence, personal pride, and belonging. Surveys have been administered to gauge the student engagement with the curriculum. The lesson plans have been
Community Garden Needs Assessment
Partner: IEDA Relief
Community gardens, also known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), have recently garnered support as a form of civic engagement that empowers
Teen Healthy Relationships Curriculum
Partner: Pleasant Hill Leadership Institute
This project was to develop a teen healthy-relationships curriculum for Pleasant Hill Leadership Institute that will build on their scheduled spiritual development workshops and challenge students’ conceptions of what healthy relationships entail. It will be based around the best practices recommended by the Center for Disease Control and will be created so that it is able to be implemented for multiple years, without being overly repetitive. It will be designed to take advantage of student engagement and build leaders in discussion
What Happens After We Leave? Increasing Ethical Ambitions in Engineering and Sustainable International Community Development
Partners: Amigos de las Americas and Engineers Without Borders
Undergraduate engineering students at Rice University are trained within a need-based, problem-oriented framework. The resulting skillset is limited and allows for an inflated sense of their capacity to address the human impact of infrastructural development projects. This project aims to utilize
Buffalo Bayou Affordability Feasibility GIS Mapping
Partner: The Buffalo Bayou Partnership
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is creating and implementing a Masterplan along the Bayou’s East Sector. Integrated affordable housing is a key component in envisioning an expanding, dynamic water-oriented community which is inclusive and livable. New diverse housing neighborhoods can achieve medium density in compact site-conserving plans. Moreover, models of subsidized housing units can be integrated into, and indistinguishable from,
PAIR Hype Project
Partner: Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR)
The PAIR Hype Project is a sustainable, student-led research documentary that advocates on behalf of Houston’s refugee community. A team of seven students met throughout the fall and spring semester to design innovative research questions pertaining to the challenges and triumphs of the refugee community, collaborate with university professors and resettlement agencies, and envision a plan to create a documentary series that would educate about the current situation of United States refugees in this political and social milieu. By the end of the Fall semester, the team secured generous funding for this project through the Rich Endowment and reached out to multiple entities to plan out the process of interviewing; by the end of the Spring semester, a full twenty minute video with the guiding question: “Who is a refugee?” was created, as well as a PAIR volunteer testimonial video. The team wrote out their script for at least two videos in the years following, developed a guidebook for the documentary process for future students, prepared a final video screening available for the entirety of the Rice campus, posted their videos on the PAIR website, and chose their leaders to continue this project into the following year.
STEM Education Workshops for Girls
Partner: Girl’s Inc.
Research shows that women tend to be unprepared for engineering because they lack spatial visualization skills that men tend to be socialized to learn from sports and other hands-on activities. Therefore, for the CCL Capstone, I worked with Girl’s Inc to implement spatial visualization workshops for its students in order to increase their exposure to building, prototyping, and design. I held a series of four workshops with second-third grade girls at a local elementary school, engaging them in building with materials ranging from packing peanuts all the way to legos. In order to track the efficacy of the workshops, I did a pre and post survey to assess the girl’s attitudes towards engineering and science. The surveys indicated that the workshops increased girl’s perceptions of their own engineering skills and interest in pursuing engineering as a career. The first deliverable to the community partner was a workbook of activities, tailored to either 7-
Girls for Leadership in Engineering Program
Partner: Society for Women Engineers, Houston
The Center for Civic Leadership Capstone program partnered with the Society of Women Engineers and Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA) to implement an after-school outreach program called the Girls for Leadership in Engineering (GLE) program. 6 middle-school girl students participated in a total of 3 sessions in problem-centered activities to learn about following topics: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. Through experiential learning, students worked together to complete engineering projects and gained exposure to different engineering disciplines. Based on an assessment survey administered to all program participants before and after the program, the program participants reported an increase in self-confidence and interest in STEM fields, especially engineering.
Capacity Building for SEHTA and OST/SU GO Neighborhood
Partner: Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance (SEHTA)
The purpose of this capstone is to build the capacity of the Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance (SEHTA) for SEHTA to be a self-sufficient, independent organization. Capacity building for SEHTA means investing in the effectiveness and future sustainability of the organization through creating a form of governance, institutional structure, financial system, and stronger identity within the community and beyond. Currently, SEHTA lacks a clear identity and set of objectives complementary to, but different from, Go Neighborhoods. Through meeting with stakeholders and workshopping with community members, we identified SEHTA’s purpose and importance to become a self-sustaining organization. We determined SEHTA’s organizational challenges, values, and opportunities for immediate growth. Moving forward, we are working towards solidifying a dedicated Board of Directors and drafting a strategic vision and organizational business plan. As a result, this capstone set the foundation for SEHTA’s evolution to become a viable, self-sustaining non-profit.
Evaluation of Peer-to-Peer Learning Program
Partner: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Houston
Mental illness places a great burden on the individual suffering, their family, and society at large. For many people in our society, help resources are confusing and hard to access. The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Houston focuses on easing the burden of mental illness for all individuals in the Houston area. Their education course, Peer-to-Peer Learning Program, works to build knowledge and capacity in individuals with mental illness such that they can become advocates for their own mental health and recovery. Up until this point, no quantitative evaluation metric existed. The present study utilizes three metrics for hope, disease insight, and resource knowledge gained to design a longitudinal manner of evaluating the program’s goals and success. The survey communicated, which is still undergoing, was administered at
“Say Yes!” Toolkit Project Proposal
Partner: The City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD)
For my capstone
Process Evaluation: Social Needs Screening Program Pilot
Partner: Legacy Health
Social determinants of health (SDH), health-related factors of lifestyle that affect the environments in which we live and work, have an immense impact on the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Given this influence, there has been recent interest among healthcare institutions of how to best identify and address the nonmedical social needs of their patients. Legacy Community Health is trailing an innovative intervention to connect patients with unmet social needs to community agencies who can assist in meeting those needs. This volunteer-based system utilizes student Health Advocates to identify relevant resources and assist patients in navigating the receipt of these social services. Legacy is piloting this program before expanding the screening process to additional clinic sites. Here, the results of a mixed methods investigation of the initial implementation of the screening program are described. This process evaluation analyzed data from 1055 patient charts and sought feedback from 47 interns, providers, and clinic staff to inform recommendations to how the screening program can be better integrated into the clinic environment and capture a greater number of patients. Ultimately, this study provided critical evidence to advise alterations to Legacy’s screening model to ensure its successful continuation and expansion.
Creation of Control Group for Evaluation of the Houston Food Bank’s “Cooking Matters” Program
Partner: Houston Food Bank
This document outlines the design and implementation processes, along with the results and reflections from my Certificate in Civic Leadership project completed with the Houston Food Bank (HFB) nutrition education department. I completed a study of the nutritional habits of low income, primarily immigrant families in Houston, TX as part of HFB’s evaluation of its Cooking Matters (CM) course. HFB began evaluation of CM in the Fall 2017 semester by collection grocery store receipts and nutrition-surveys from participants. My project adds to the evaluation by collecting the same data from a comparison group of parents that have not taken CM. At the time of this report 39 individuals across 4 study locations, have participated in the control group study by submitting receipts/surreys and then receiving an incentive item. An additional 20-30 individuals are expected to participate by the project’s completion on May 10.
Recommendations for Houston Food Bank’s Food for Change Department
Partner: Houston Food Bank
Food insecurity is a complex and pervasive issue that impacts many American families. Although
Project Managing for GEO1X: a collaborative SSI, CCL, SLB STEM engagement program
Partners: Schlumberger SLB Excellence in Education Development (SEED), Rice University Student Success Initiative and Center for Civic Leadership
GEO 1X is a joint initiative of the Center for Civic Leadership, Student Success Initiatives (SSI), the Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development Program, and the Ministry of Education of Ecuador to provide first generation and/or low-income students an introductory international experience focused on STEM outreach. The inaugural GEO 1X occurred in El Coca, Ecuador, over Spring Break (March 9 - March 18, 2018), when six selected Rice students executed robotics workshops with both students and professors from the surrounding region of El Coca, Ecuador. These workshops involved VEX IQ robotics, auxiliary STEM presentations and activities, and energy education workshops. VEX IQ was the chose pedagogical platform for the STEM workshops. The goal of these workshops in
Organizing and Hosting the 2018 Education Summit with HISD Stakeholders for Education Reform
Partner: Children at Risk
The 2018 Education Summit serves to directly engage education stakeholders and advocates at all levels in a collaborative discussion for improvement while equipping and empower students to take the lead. With the synergic efforts of Rice faculty and students and the Children at Risk Foundation, this multifaceted experience is designed to positively shift attitudes and actions concerning advocacy. The summit will feature statistical data presentations, an Oratory contest featuring local students from the Houston Independent School District, and an interactive roundtable discussion of polarizing topics surrounding equity in education in Greater Houston. Twenty areas schools have opted to participate in addition to several politicians, community partners, educators, area students, and School Board Officials.