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Community Partnerships

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH partners with local and regional groups and organizations to further the mission of the university “to discover and disseminate knowledge … through research, artistic and scholarly endeavors. (The university) establishes and nurtures relationships with community organizations, government agencies, public schools, and the private sector to enhance the educational, economic, and cultural vitality of Houston and Texas.”

CLASS community partnerships make Houston – and our world – stronger.

Alvin Community College

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including Alvin Community College – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

Center for Houston’s Future
 


The Hobby School of Public Affairs collaborates with the Center for Houston’s Future to research quality of life issues affecting the Houston metropolitan region.

Children at Risk

The Hobby School of Public Affairs conducts the Civic Houston Internship Program, a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials and with non-profit organizations such as Children at Risk.

Certified Public Manager Program

The Hobby School of Public Affairs brings the nationally recognized Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program to the University of Houston. The CPM Program offers a challenging professional program designed to help today’s manager become tomorrow’s leader with innovative curriculum, problem-solving and networking opportunities. HSPA’s program is an affiliate of the CPM Program offered through the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University and is accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

City of Houston

The Hobby School of Public Affairs provides policy analyses to the City of Houston.

HSPA also provides the COH with interns during the fall and spring semesters through the Civic Houston Internship Program, a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials and with non-profit organizations.

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston
 


The Hobby School of Public Affairs provides the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County expertise in public policy research and data visualization.

College of the Mainland

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including College of the Mainland – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

Dress for Success

The Women’s Resource Center partners with the Dress for Success program, which is a nonprofit agency in the Houston community that provides interview clothing for job seekers who could not otherwise afford a business suit.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Houston Campus

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Houston Campus – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

Global Unisource

Since 2000, the Hobby School of Public Affairs has worked with Global Unisource, Inc. to coordinate executive training sessions for visiting professionals from China.

Gulf Coast Community Services Association

The Preparatory and Continuing Studies program in the Moores School of Music partners with the Gulf Coast Community Services Association’s Head Start Program at The Third Ward Multi-Service Center. The partnership allows PCS to make significant strides toward making exceptional music instruction available to all regardless of age, race, ethnic origin or financial means.

Habitat for Humanity

The Hobby School of Public Affairs conducts the Civic Houston Internship Program a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials and with non-profit organizations such as Houston Habitat for Humanity.

Harris County Clerk’s Office

The Hobby School of Public Affairs collaborates with the Harris County Clerk’s Election Division in projects such as Voter Outreach and Teaching Enterprise (VOTE), which educates potential voters and encourages participation in the electoral process at area high schools, and through undergraduate internships. 

HSPA also provides the COH with interns during the fall and spring semesters through the Civic Houston Internship Program, a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials and with non-profit organizations.

Harris County

The Hobby School of Public Affairs places Harris County government with interns through the Civic Houston Internship Program, a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials such as Harris County commissioners and with non-profit organizations.

Houston Baptist University

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including Houston Baptist University – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

Houston Community College

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including Houston Community College – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

Houston GLBT Community Center

The LGBT Resource Center collaborates with the Houston GLBT Community Center to advertise scholarship opportunities, and to organize and implement the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit.

The Houston Medical Forum

The Center for Public History partners with The Houston Medical Forum to research, write, produce and maintain a website called To Bear Fruit for Our Race, which is used to teach the local history of African-American physicians to students in Houston.

Houston Shakespeare Festival

The Houston Shakespeare Festival has grown into its own non-profit organization and, in 2010, celebrates its 36th season after UH School of Theatre and Dance Director Sidney Berger first proposed a trial two-performance season in 1975. The organization has entertained nearly half a million theatergoers with free Shakespeare performances in Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Inprint

Since 1983 Inprint, Houston’s premier literary arts nonprofit organization, has impacted 500+ graduate students through fellowships and support. Inprint also employs graduate students from the Creative Writing Program for Writers Workshops, Teachers As Writers Workshops, Senior Memoir Workshops, Life Writing Workshops for healthcare workers, as well as Poetry Buskers, bloggers, tweeters, and more.

Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston 


The Hobby School of Public Affairs coordinates an annual pet food drive to benefit Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston’s AniMeals on Wheels program, which provides donated food for the pets of Meals on Wheels clients.

League of Women Voters

The Hobby School of Public Affairs works with the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area by conducting lectures and research and recruiting volunteers for voter registration, civic engagement and naturalization projects.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs also places interns with the League of Women Voters through the Civic Houston Internship Program a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials and with non-profit organizations such as the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area.

Lone Star College System

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including all campuses within the Lone Star College System – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

Mi Familia Vota
 

Hobby School of Public Affairs works with Mi Familia Vota on projects regarding citizenship, voter registration and civic engagement in Houston’s Latino community.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Administered by the Center for Public History, the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series (Formerly the Tenneco Lecture Series and the El Paso Corporation Lecture Series) The UH Center for Public History Lecture Series provides a unique opportunity for Houston professionals, community leaders, and others to consider historical, social and cultural perspectives directly related to the decisions they make.

Rice University

The Department of Economics shares two seminar series with Rice University’s Department of Economics. The events focus on macroeconomics and empirical microeconomics, and are free and open to the public.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs collaborates with Rice University faculty on public policy research focusing on the Houston metropolitan region and Texas.

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including Rice University – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

San Jacinto College

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including San Jacinto College – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

South Texas College of Law

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including South Texas College of Law – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

Texans Together
 


The Hobby School of Public Affairs partners with Texans Together through internships and volunteer projects focusing on community development, civic education and voter registration.

Texas Legislature

The Hobby School of Public Affairs places students in district offices of state legislators through the Civic Houston Internship Program, a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials including state senators and representatives and with non-profit organizations.

Texas Southern University

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including Texas Southern University – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

United States Congress

The Hobby School of Public Affairs directs the Leland Fellows program, which places students from the University of Houston as full-time interns in congressional offices in Washington, D.C.

The Hobby School of Public Affairs also places students in congressional district offices through the Civic Houston Internship Program, a part-time government and public service internship program. Approximately 100 students are placed annually in offices of elected officials including Houston area congressional members and with non-profit organizations.

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including University of Houston-Clear Lake– attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

University of Houston-Downtown

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including University of Houston-Downtown – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

University of St. Thomas

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including University of St. Thomas – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

University of Texas Health Science Center

Cadets engaged in Air Force ROTC Detachment 003 from various Houston-area colleges and universities – including University of Texas Health Science Center – attend ROTC classes at the University of Houston under a crosstown agreement.

University of Texas-Pan America

The Hispanic Studies department combines its resources with the University of Texas-Pan American in a cooperative Ph.D. program in Spanish called Pathways to the Professoriate, and is funded in part by a grant by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

United Way

The University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is a United Way facility that provides clinical services through six Houston-area and suburban community centers. The Clinic is affiliated with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the college.

WonderWorks

The Jack J. Valenti School of Communication partners with the nonprofit WonderWorks organization to provide a summer film workshop that focuses on filmmaking, scripting, and film appreciation for high school students.

The Department of English and its Creative Writing Program partners with the nonprofit WonderWorks organization to provide summer workshops that focuses on poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction.

Writers in the Schools

The non-profit organization Writers in the Schools frequently hires students from The Creative Writing Program for 28-week residencies that place creative writers in schools, museums, hospitals and other venues.

 

More CLASS Partnerships

Let us know about more CLASS partnerships with local and regional groups and organizations by e-mailing us a short description at classws@uh.edu.