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Civic Engagement at the University of Houston

Civic engagement means working alone or together to address issues of public concern. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. By engaging in public issues you can make a difference in the civic life of our communities and government. Being involved helps you develop a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference. Two programs designed to improve civic engagement are Citizenship Learning where we help UH students, faculty, staff, and their families become citizens and Civic Participation where we participate in a letter writing campaign to elected and unelected officials, community leaders, and non-profits to share our educated views on specific issues and a Get Out the Vote Campaign where we help students register to vote.

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Civic Engagement and Social Justice in High Schools

Are you interested in doing civic engagement and social justice outreach work in high schools?

Would you like to help address systemic inequality?

Join us Friday September 4 at 1 p.m. for an information session on Microsoft Teams to learn how bringing the knowledge and tools of civic engagement into the high schools will raise a voice in all its forms, for those members of our society long left out of, and indeed oppressed by, the mainstream of America. 

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Online Info Session (Microsoft Teams)
Friday, September 4, 2020
1 p.m.

Get Out the Vote

Citizenship Participation

Get Out the Vote
Make your voice heard in the next election!

To vote in Texas for the following elections be sure to register by October 5, 2020 which is the last day to register to vote for the November 3, 2020 election.

Sec. 13.143(e) of the Texas Election Code, if the 30th day before the date of an election is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, an application is considered to be timely if it is submitted to the registrar on or before the next regular business day.

You can register to vote online through Rock the Vote

You can request a voter registration form through the Texas Secretary of State

For more information, contact Michelle Belco


Citizenship Learning

Citizenship is fundamental to our system of government but not everyone living in the United States is born a U.S. citizen. Some become citizens through the naturalization process. The naturalization process involves being a lawful permanent resident, applying for citizenship, and taking the citizenship exam. 

Citizenship Exam Self-Study

Are you ready to begin preparing to take the citizenship exam? You will find self-study accelerated “fast-track” prep sessions on American Government designed to prepare you to take the civics portion. We will also help by conducting mock interviews.  

Access the Citizenship Learning Materials here.

These materials are provided in partnership with Advancing Community Engagement and Service (ACES) Institute, the University of Houston Law Center, and the Honors College.

For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Belco.


Letter Writing Campaign

Citizens are expected to perform their civic duty by engaging in political behaviors that affect the government. Casting a vote is a well-known type of political behavior that is critical to a democracy because citizens elect the representatives who serve in government. Another way of participating is sharing your views with elected and unelected officials, community leaders, and non-profits whose goal is to inform the public on key issues.

An important part of letter writing is being adequately informed and learning how to craft an effective letter. Join us to hear guest speakers present on current critical topics and earn how to craft an effective letter. 

Letter Writing Campaign
Events TBA

For more information, contact Irene Guenther

Introduction to Civic Engagement

Introduction to Civic Engagement (HON 4397H)

This Honors class is offered on the fall semester and available only to Honors students.

The focus in this class is poverty, not just studying poverty in the abstract, but learning about poverty with the goal of working toward alleviating it. In this class you are encouraged to be action-oriented, to learn and do, to plan and execute. The class will meet and discuss the various aspects of poverty with many people who are actually engaged in the work of alleviating poverty. The goals of this class are for the students to come away with a basic understanding of poverty in the United States, and to form a more in-depth understanding of how the impoverished face challenges in the arenas of education, the criminal justice system, nutrition, and health care.

For more information, contact Douglas Erwing.

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