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LSC-CyFair Center for Civic Engagement

About Us

The Center for Civic Engagement at LSC-CyFair aims to teach students the importance of voice and agency because we firmly believe that everyone has the capacity to become an advocate on issues that matter to them.  Furthermore, we strive to build social capital within and beyond our campus community in an effort to strengthen human relationships and help students prepare for a purposeful life whatever their career path.  All of this will be accomplished through a variety of activities such as organizing campus events, hosting guest speakers, participating in workshops, attending conferences, and connecting the college with local nonprofit organizations that have volunteer opportunities.  While faculty members serve on the committee, our students are the focus of the Center's work. 

Spring 2017 Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Guest Speaker: Shyam Sriram (w/Q&A)
"Patriotism Isn't Enough: Discrimination, Participation, and the Political Socialization of Refugees and Immigrants"
Time: 4-5:30 pm
Location: CASA 110
Contact: Professor John A. Duerk

Friday, February 17, 2017
Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training
Time: 10-11 am
Location: CASA 110
Contact: Professor Melanie Steel

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Houston Foreign Policy Alliance Panel Discussion
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm
Location: CASA 110
Contact: Professor John A. Duerk

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 1-2:30 pm
Location: CENT 152/153
Contact: Professor Melanie Steel

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Bayou City Book Festival
Creative Writer's Night
Time: 4-8 pm
Location: Main Stage Theater, Center for the Arts
Contact: Chelsie Meredith, Director
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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Range War Documentary Screening (and Discussion)
Time: 4-6 pm
Location: CASA 110
Contact: Professor John A. Duerk

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
"Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project" (Three short plays and a discussion to follow.)
Time: 4-6 pm
Location: Recital Hall (ART 102)
Contact: Professor Jeffrey Wax

Monday, April 17, 2017
Guest Speaker: Karoline Mueller, Ph.D., Certified Food for Life Instructor
"Plant-Based Food to Combat Global Warming, Save the Environment, and Improve Your Health" (Note: Her presentation will include a cooking demonstration.)
Time: 2:30-4 pm
Location: HSC1 105
Contact: Professor Aurora Lugo or Professor John A. Duerk

Monday, April 17, 2017
Before the Flood Documentary Screening (and Discussion), Co-sponsored with the STEM Committee
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: CASA 110
Contact: Professor Aurora Lugo

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
"Wild for Wildlife" (presentation about the organization's activities complete with their live animal ambassadors), Co-sponsored with the Sustainability Committee
Time: 4-6 pm
Location: CENT 152/153
Contact: Professor Aurora Lugo

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 3-4:30 pm
Location: CENT 152/153
Contact: Professor Melanie Steel

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Sun Come Up Documentary Screening (and Discussion)
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Location: CASA 110
Contact: Professor Aurora Lugo

Monday, April 24, 2017
Guest Speaker: Alan Clune, Ph.D.
"What Philosophers Say About Animal Ethics"
Time: 10-11:30 am
Location: TECH 102
Contact: Professor John A. Duerk

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Guest Speaker: Uchenna Paul, Immigration Attorney (w/Q&A)
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: TECH 101/102
Contact: Professor Sharon Bippus

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Faces of Immigration Student Experience Panel Discussion
Time: 1-2:30 pm
Location: CASA 110
Contact: Professor Mayia Shulga

Wednesday, June 7-Saturday June 10, 2017
The Democracy Commitment
Location: Baltimore, MD
Contact: Professor John A. Duerk or Professor J. Theis

Past Events

  • Alternative Spring Break: "Prison Plantation: Criminal Justice and Reform" (Spring 2016)
  • Alternative Spring Break: "Savage Inequalities: Understanding Poverty and Education in Latin America" (Spring 2016)
  • Anthony Graves: From Texas' Death Row to Freedom (Spring 2016)
  • The Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Protecting Individual Rights in America (Spring 2016)
  • Citizen Professional Education Workshop (Fall 2016)
  • Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)
  • Deliberative Dialogues: Mental Illness (Fall 2015); Mass Shootings (Spring 2016); Climate Choices (Fall 2016); Changing World of Work (Fall 2016); Health Care (Spring 2017)
  • The Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture (Fall 2016)
  • Faces of Immigration (Spring 2016)
  • Inequality for All film screening and discussion (Fall 2016) 
  • Political Candidate Forums (Fall 2016)
  • Poverty Awareness Week (Fall 2015, co-sponsored the Sociology Club in Fall 2016)
  • Presidential Debate Watch Party (Fall 2016)
  • Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services guest speaker (Fall 2016)
  • The Texas Tribune Festival (2015, 2016)
  • "What's That Up in the Sky?  A Panel Discussion on Drones" (Fall 2016)

Programs

The LSC-CyFair Center for Civic Engagement participates in several programs including:

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break provides students with the opportunity to work on service-oriented projects with community-based organizations over the course of their spring break.

Learn More About Alternative Spring Break

Engage the Election

Lone Star College hosts candidate forums, voter registration drives and voter registrar training.

Learn More About Engage the Election

Hunger Banquet

When guests arrive at the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, they draw tickets at random that assign each to a high-, middle, or low-income tier – based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. engagement through humanities courses and perspectives.

Learn More About the Hunger Banquet

Internships

Each year Lone Star College students may choose to do internships in the offices of local elected officials such as the Office of the Mayor, State Representative, County Commissioner, or U.S. Representative. These experiences provide excellent opportunities for developing job skills and connections.

National Model United Nations (NMUN)

National Model United Nations provides a diverse group of informed college/university students and faculty from all over the world a forum for addressing global concerns in a real world context
Learn More About the National Model United Nations (NMUN)

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, please see the CCE Calendar.