Are you an incoming Rice student (First Year or Transfer)? Do you enjoy volunteering with family and friends? Are you interested in learning more about Houston? Do you want to meet a group of new students who share your interest in civic engagement? Are you ready to take the first step toward becoming a campus leader?
The program is based on four core components: community-based learning, critical service, education, and reflection. Participants will engage in educational sessions that aim to introduce them to the communities that make up the city and provide context for that day's service or learning experience. Participants will meet with local leaders and community organizations to gain a better understanding of the "big picture" - from community assets and root social issues to the forces and individuals driving positive change. Finally, evenings will be concluded with group reflections during which participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings with the group as a way of processing each's days events and moving from observation to action.
In keeping with the spirit of the program, participants and student coordinators will live together in the community. This is an off-campus experience and participants will have simple - but safe and secure - living conditions. All meals are prepared and enjoyed together as a group. The UI Cohort will remain together for the entirety of the program to ensure both safety and team building.
Dates Held: Due to high demand and positive feedback, the CCL will offer double the number of Urban Immersion sessions for summer 2019! Four sessions of 24 participants each will take place over the course of two separate weeks in July and the beginning of August. Each session will be facilitated by a three-student leadership team overseen by CCL Staff. Applicants should NOT make any travel arrangements until they receive confirmation and further instructions from the Center for Civic Leadership.
2019 Sessions One Dates: Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19
2019 Session Two Dates: Sunday July 28 - Friday, August 2
Lodging: Local church or community building. May vary by session.