Civic Engagement

UHCL believes in and advocates for the importance of being engaged in one’s community, working towards collaboration, meaningful participation, and positive change. Hawks can be active community members by being both actively informed and involved on a local, national and global level.

UHCL Voter Friendly Campus (VFC) Plan

Learn more about how UHCL is encouraging civic learning and voter participation on campus. 

       VFC PlanVFC End-of-Year Report

Voter Registration

Voters registered in Texas vote at the polls in federal, State of Texas, and local elections. You must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the election you plan to vote in. Voting is an important right of United States citizenship. To assist you in exercising your right to vote, UHCL makes voter registration forms available to you on campus at the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, SSCB 1204.

Online, voter registration forms can be requested from Vote Texas

Voting on Campus

UHCL served as an official early voting and polling place for Harris county for the 2020 election. Over 14,000 early voters voted at the UHCL Bayou Building.

Democracy Fellow Program

Through the sponsorship of the Campus Vote Project, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership hosts a Democracy Fellow each year that supports the conception and execution of voter engagement and civic learning opportunities at UHCL. The student fellow networks with civically-engaged peers across the nation and is recruited at the end of the fall semester each year.

Constitution Day

Constitution Day is an annual celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1787. The United States Constitution is the framework of our government and defines

  • Citizen rights, including the ability to affect government.
  • The separation of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government.
  • The scope of federal and state powers.

The National Archives provides well-organized material about the Founding Documents of the United States, its Constitution and Bill of Rights.

We encourage the UHCL community to join us each year and continue learning and appreciating this living document, which plays an integral role in our everyday lives. Our annual celebration typically consists of information booths, pocket constitution giveaways, constitution informational activities such as trivia, contests, puzzles, photo ops, buttons, games, and educational speakers.


  • Student Involvement and Leadership

    Phone: 281-283-2560
    Fax: 281-283-2566

    SSCB 1204
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 198
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular office hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Fri. - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.