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Civic Engagement Programs

Democracy Fellow Program

Through the sponsorship of the Campus Vote Project, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership hosts two Democracy Fellows that support the conception and execution of voter engagement and civic learning opportunities at UHCL.

The student fellows network with civically-engaged peers across the nation and are recruited at the end of each calendar year.

Contact for more information.

Deliberative Dialogue

Dialogue is essential to the growth and development of democracy. Developed by the National Issues Forum, Deliberative Dialogues is a format of discourse that will help you engage in conversations around difficult and complicated topics.

Facilitated by faculty, staff, and student moderators, previous topics have included:

  • Energy Choices: What Should We Do About America's Energy Future?
  • Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?
  • A New Land: What Kind of Government Should We Have?
  • Bullying: How Do We Prevent It?
  • How Do We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Communities?
  • Driverless Vehicles: What Priorities Should Be at the Top of Our List?
  • Health Care: How Can We Bring Costs Down While Getting the Care We Need?
  • Elections: How Should We Encourage and Safeguard Voting?

If you are interested in learning more about various social issues or simply looking to get credit for your First Year Seminar course, check out the latest Deliberative Dialogue on UHCL GetInvolved.

U.S. Constitution Day

Students taking photos at Constitution DayConstitution Day is an annual commemoration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1787. The United States Constitution is the framework of the U.S. 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 information 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. We often celebrate with information booths, pocket Constitution giveaways, Constitution informational activities such as trivia, contests, puzzles, photo ops, buttons, games, and educational speakers.

For Faculty, Staff, and Student & Community Organizations

Do you have an idea for a civic engagement event, workshop, or film? Are you seeking guidance regarding civic education or civic values exploration? We provide:

  • Collaboration and sponsorship opportunities for events and student learning opportunities.
  • Consultations and connections with content experts at UHCL and beyond for your discussions, panels, or meetings.
  • Personal, civic, and organizational values exploration workshops.
  • Experiential learning to connect you and your class/group to external organizations and community partners.

For more information, email or call 281-283-2560.

UHCL Voter Friendly Campus (VFC) Plan

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

VFC Plan
VFC End-of-Year Report

Voter Friendly Campus 2021-20222020 All In Silver Campus Seal: 60-90% Voting Rate; Decellence in Student Voter Engagement Presidential 2020 Election

As part of the Voter Friendly Campus designation, UHCL envisions and implements a civic action plan every two years that defines goals and opportunities for civic engagement on campus. We also participate in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement  (NSLVE) to better understand trends in voting behavior at UHCL. Learn more about how UHCL is committing to civic learning and democratic engagement! 

Civic Engagement Coalition

The UHCL Civic Engagement Coalition is an advisory board for the strategic development of civic and voter engagement at UHCL. The Coalition was formed in 2020 as part of the Voter Friendly Campus designation program.

Membership List

Membership List

Membership includes faculty, staff, students and community partners. The current committee composition is as follows:

  • Bianca Avery, Advisor - Community (Campus Vote Project)
  • Darius Provost-Evans, Member - Student (Clear Lake Young Democrats Student Organization
  • Dennis Quach – Student (Student Involvement and Leadership)
  • Doug Peterson, Member – Community (Harris County Precinct 2)
  • Dr. Jay Theis, Member – Faculty & Community (Lone Star College, Center for Civic Engagement)
  • Dr. Pilar Goyarzu, Member – Faculty & Staff (Student Involvement and Leadership)
  • Dr. Se-Hyoung Yi, Member – Faculty (Political Science)
  • Dr. Wanalee Romero, Member – Faculty
  • Jenna Greene, Advisor – Community (Campus Vote Project)
  • Josafat Contreras, Member – Student (Orientation and New Student Programs)
  • Maritza Sepulveda, Member  – Community (Harris County)

If you’re interested in serving in the Coalition or would like to nominate colleagues or peers for the Coalition, email


  • 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.