LSC-CyFair Center for Civic Engagement
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 2018 Calendar of Events
TED Talk by Eric Liu: "Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power"
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Deliberative Dialogue: What Should We Do about the Opioid Epidemic?
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Deliberative Dialogue: Coming to America
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Finding Truth Amidst Distortion: The Role of Journalism in a Modern Democracy
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Deliberative Dialogue: Sustaining Ourselves
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
- Before the Flood film screening and discussion (Spring 2017)
- "The Best Offense is a Good Defense: Understanding and Protecting Individual Rights in America" Panel Discussion (Spring 2016)
- "Citizen Professional Education Workshop," Dennis Donovan (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); Land Use Conflict (Spring 2017); Making Ends Meet (Spring 2017)
- "The Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture," Michael Battey (Fall 2016)
- Faces of Immigration (Spring 2016)
- "From Texas' Death Row to Freedom," Anthony Graves (Spring 2016)
- Houston Foreign Policy Alliance (Spring 2017)
- Human Rights Campaign, Andrea Segovia (Spring 2017)
- Inequality for All film screening and discussion (Fall 2016)
- Lone Star Voices (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)
- "Meet Your Candidates!" (Fall 2016)
- "Patriotism Isn't Enough: Discrimination, Participation, and the Political Socialization of Refugees and Immigrants," Shyam K. Sriram (Spring 2017)
- "Plant-Based Food to Combat Climate Change, Save the Environment, and Improve Your Health" presentation and cooking demonstration, Karoline Mueller, Ph.D. (Spring 2017)
- Poverty Awareness Week (Fall 2015, co-sponsored the Sociology Club in Fall 2016)
- Presidential Debate Watch Party (Fall 2016)
- "Prison Plantation: Criminal Justice and Reform" Alternative Spring Break (2016, 2017)
- Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project (Spring 2017)
- "Savage Inequalities: Understanding Poverty and Education in Latin America" Alternative Spring Break (2016, 2017)
- Sun Come Up film screening and discussion (Spring 2017)
- Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (Fall 2016)
- Texas Tribune Festival (2015, 2016)
- Uchenna Paul, immigration attorney (Spring 2017)
- “What Do We Owe Future Generations?: The Future of Energy & the Environment” Think Factory. Note: Event hosted by the Philosophy Department and co-sponsored by the CCE (Spring 2017)
- "What Philosophers Say About Animal Ethics," Alan Clune, Ph.D. (Spring 2017)
- "What's That Up in the Sky? A Panel Discussion on Drones" Panel Discussion (Fall 2016)
- "Wild for Wildlife," Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (Spring 2017)
The LSC-CyFair Center for Civic Engagement participates in several programs including:
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.
Lone Star College hosts candidate forums, voter registration drives and voter registrar training.
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.
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 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)
Melanie Steel, M.A., M.A.
Shamim Arastu, M.S.
Sharon Bippus, Ph.D.
Jarrick Brown, M.S.Ed.
John A. Duerk, Ph.D.
Aurora Lugo, M.S.
Dr. Jay Theis