Civic Engagement Programs
Democracy Fellow Program
Empress-Akira Sullivan, 2022 Fellow
Oscar Lázaro, 2022 Fellow
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UHCL Agents of Change Leadership Program
The UHCL Agents of Change Leadership Program explores community leadership within the context of civic participation. Open to UHCL students of all backgrounds, this program will help you explore your values, reflect on your collective responsibilities, and craft a plan to impact change on a social issue.
Agents of Change consists of 6 two-hour classroom sessions and a reflection project. This program will launch Fall 2022.
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
Constitution 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.
Let us know how we can help. Contact Mohammad Khan, Coordinator, Community Engagement at email@example.com or (281) 283-2553 for more information.
UHCL Voter Friendly Campus (VFC) Plan
Learn more about how UHCL is encouraging civic learning and voter participation on campus.
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 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
- Empress-Akira Sullivan, Coalition Student Chair
- Gabrielle Cruz, Member – Community (Harris County)
- Jasmine Tolhurst, Member – Student (MOVE Texas Student Organization)
- Jenna Greene, Advisor – Community (Campus Vote Project)
- Josafat Contreras, Member – Student (Orientation and New Student Programs)
- Melissa Salinas, Member – Student (MOVE Texas Student Organization)
- Mohammad-Mehdi Ali Khan, Coalition Chair
- Oscar Lázaro, Coalition Student Chair
If you’re interested in serving in the Coalition or would like to nominate colleagues or peers for the Coalition, email firstname.lastname@example.org.