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Coronavirus Update

All LSC facilities remain closed through April 30. Classes moving online resume April 13. Click here for course conversion information. Fall registration begins April 15. Additional student resources can be found at LoneStar.edu/Coronavirus.

**Important Update** Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) before being eligible to apply for financial aid and other scholarships. Apply now at LoneStar.edu/CARESAct.

LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement at Lone Star College- Montgomery facilitates nonpartisan learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to encourage them to become more engaged citizens.  Our goal is to aid in the development of critical thinking, personal responsibility, and civil discourse skills in participants so that they develop a sense of urgency about issues and talk and act more in their communities, be it their classroom, campus, local, state, national, or global communities.

  • Critical Thinking - We will provide learning opportunities for individuals to develop a better understanding of community issues and a more critical examination of all the explanations as to why the issue exists and what can be done to address it.

  • Personal Responsibility - We will identify and create opportunities for individuals to become actively involved in addressing issues that exist within their communities.

  • Civil Discourse - We will empower individuals to promote interests or causes important to their community while still being able to hear and understand multiple perspectives and engage in productive conversations.

For more information about the LSC-Montgomery CCE, contact Michele Richey.

Programming

Engaging in the Election | Celebrating ActivismDemocracy in Action | Deliberative Dialogues | The Human Library | If Not You...A Civic Engagement Podcast | New Texas Leadership Conference

The Human Library 2020

Wednesday, March 25th 2020 10am-2pm AND Thursday, March 26th 2020 10am-2pm

In Spring 2020, LSC-M will host its 2nd Annual Human Library, a program where individuals who defy stereotypes, have life lessons to share, or are engaged in their community volunteer to be “books,” or storytellers that participants can check out.  It is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can educate, inspire, and challenge through dialogue.  It is a place where real people are on loan to readers.  A place where questions are expected, appreciated and answered. 

Do You Have a Story to Tell? We will begin to solicit “books” for our library February 3, 2020.  Applications must be submitted no later than noon on March 16, 2020.

Click here to fill out an application!

Engaging the Election

This spring, we will decide the candidates for the November Presidential Election!  Voting in primaries gives you one more way to help shape the future of our country!

v Step 1: Register to Vote

Registration Deadline: 

For March 3 Primary: 2/3/2020

Register Online: 

lonestar.turbovote.org

Register In-Person at LSC-M:

Click here for a list of days/times.

v Step 2: Get Informed

Read:

Texas – Student Voting Guide

Read:

Get Informed About Voting

Visit:

Vote Texas

Visit:

Vote411

v Step 3: VOTE!!!!!!

In Person

By Mail (Absentee Ballot)

Texas voters may only vote by mail if they: (1) Will be away from their county on Election Day & during early voting; (2) are sick or disabled; (3) are 65+ years old on Election Day; or (4) are confined in jail but eligible to vote.

  • Application for a Ballot by Mail
  • Application Deadline for March 3 Primary: Received no later than February 21, 2020
  • Ballot Deadline for March 3 Primary: Received no later than 7 p.m. March 3, 2020

NOTE: If you decide to vote in person after you receive your ballot by mail, you must bring your ballot with you to your polling place, or else they won’t let you vote in person.

Voter Registration @ LSC-M

  • Montgomery County Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) will be on campus registering people to vote the following days/times/locations:
  • Monday January 13, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons
  • Tuesday January 14, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons, Bldg F Walkway & Bldg G Atrium
  • Wednesday January 15, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons, Bldg F Walkway & Bldg G Atrium
  • Thursday January 16, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons
  • Saturday January 18, 2020 | 11:30am – 2:30pm | Bldg G Atrium
  • Wednesday January 22, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons, Bldg F Walkway & Bldg G Atrium
  • Thursday January 23, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons, Bldg F Walkway & Bldg G Atrium
  • Wednesday January 29, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons, Bldg F Walkway & Bldg G Atrium
  • Thursday January 30, 2020 | 10:30am – 1pm | Bldg A Commons, Bldg F Walkway & Bldg G Atrium

LSC-M Participates in:

         

Celebrating Activism Documentary Series

“Freedom Riders” Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 1pm – 3pm | G-102

Based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, this two-hour documentary tells the story of the summer of 1961 when more than 400 Black and white Americans risked their lives traveling together in the segregated South to protest segregation. Committed to the cause of justice and determined to attract attention to the pursuit of civil rights, they boarded buses and trains, calling themselves “Freedom Riders.”  Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders were met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way. Still, they continued to ride and find new ways to sustain and expand the movement. This film was chosen as the February CCE Documentary in honor of African American History Month.  Come for the film, stay for the discussion. Snacks will be provided.

Click here for the Black History Month: Beyond Borders programming calendar.

"Girls Rising" Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 1pm - 2pm | F-112

"Girls Rising" covers the stories of nine girls from developing countries, showing how they are overcoming great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates. This film was chosen as the March CCE Documentary in honor of Women's Herstory Month.  Come for the film, stay for the discussion. Snacks will be provided.

Click here for a list of all the Women's Herstory Month programs.

Democracy In Action

Uncounted. A Brief History of Voter Suppression and How to Fight It | Monday, February 10, 2020 | 7pm | 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, Spring, TX 77380

A conversation and discussion led by Maya Patel and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County.  For a printable flyer of this event, click here.

Redistricting: Where We Draw the Lines | Monday, March 9, 2020 | 6:30-8:30pm | South Regional Library - MCMLS 2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380

The March meeting of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is hosting a discussion on redistricting and how it will be affected by the upcoming Census.  For a printable flyer of this event, click here.

Make a Statement: Sign Making for the Women's March

LSC-M is hosting a Women's March on 3/17. In preparation of that event, we are hosting a sign making table at the times listed with all the supplies for you to make a sign. You can make a sign for yourself, or if you cannot make the Women's March, you can make a sign for someone else. Click here for a list of all the Women's Herstory Month programs.

Monday, March 2, 2020 | A Commons | 12-2pm

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | A Commons | 12-2pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | A Commons | 12-2pm

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | A Commons | 12-2pm

Women's March | March 17, 2020 | 1pm - 2pm | Rallying Location TBD

LSC-M is hosting our very own Women's March to celebrate and advocate for all things women! Click here for a list of all the Women's Herstory Month programs.

New Texas Leadership Conference | Application due: March 20, 2020 | Conference dates: June 7-12, 2020 | University of Texas at Austin

NEW Leadership™ is a national non-partisan program developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics.There are NEW Leadership™ programs in about 25 states. NEW Leadership™ Texas has been at UT since 2012.  NEW Leadership™ Texas is a six-day residential summer institute sponsored by UT’s Center for Women’s & Gender Studies that educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena. The conference is free for those who are accepted, but you must provide your own transportation. For more information and to apply, visit the NEW Leadership Texas website

Deliberative Dialogues

Deliberative dialogues are a program established by the National Issues Forums (NIF), which is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk—to deliberate about common problems.  These forums offer citizens the opportunity to join together to deliberate, to make choices with others about ways to approach difficult issues and to work toward creating reasoned public judgment. The forums provide a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of the problem and to search for common ground for action. For information on deliberative dialogues, click here.

Deliberative Dialogue: A House Divided (Political Polarization) | April 7, 2020 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-106

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated by students as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Deliberative Dialogue: Political Fix (Issues in Government) | April 14, 2020 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-106

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated by students as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Deliberative Dialogue: Coming to America (Immigration) | April 21, 2020 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-106

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated by students as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

If Not You...A Civic Engagement Podcast

Episodes of this podcast cover a wide range of topics related to civic engagement.  The first 5 episodes involve an introduction to specific civic engagement subjects and interviews with different folks who are living civic engagement in very different ways.

Below are links to listen to each episode in addition to a breakdown of the episode’s topics, a list of referred to concepts with definitions and sources, and some links related to the episode’s content.

In addition, if you are faculty and would like to have access to some D2L resources, including suggested readings, listening/ comprehension quizzes, and suggested assignments that can be used in any discipline related to each episode, e-mail Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu for access to the D2L community group.

Episode 1 – The Importance of Storytelling with Mike Krall (21mn 53s)

Episode Overview

  • Opening: What is Civic Engagement?
  • Interview: Mike Krall, Special Assistant to the President at Lone Star College-Montgomery
  • Closing: Connecting Interview, Idea of Storytelling, and Civic Engagement

Episode 2 – Education and its Role in Civic Engagement with Michelle Palmer (22mn 22s)

Episode Overview

  • Opening: Education & Civic Responsibility
  • Interview: Michelle Palmer, Geography Teacher at Avalos P-Tech High School
  • Closing: Connecting Interview, Civic Engagement, and Media Literacy

Episode 3 – You Don’t Have to be Super Human to get Engaged with Diane Wishart (19mn 6s)

Episode Overview

  • Opening: Why Should I Care (Personal Responsibility)?
  • Interview: Diane Wishart, President of the Monticello Civic League in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Closing: Connecting Interview, Personal Responsibility, and Self Care

Episode 4 – Think Globally / Act Locally with Judy Reed Wells (16mn 59s)

Episode Overview

  • Opening: Critical Thinking and Why it is Essential to Democracy
  • Interview: Judy Reed-Wells, Substitute Teacher for Carnegie Vanguard High School
  • Closing: Connecting Interview, Critical Thinking, and Social Problems

Episode 5 – You are not Alone with Melissa Nolan (19mn 28s)

Episode Overview

  • Opening: How to Discuss Wicked Issues (Civil Discourse)
  • Interview: Melissa Nolan, Head Producer for Houston’s This Is My Brave
  • Closing: Connecting Interview, Civic Discourse, and Deliberative Dialogues

Collaborations Across Campus

The following are programs occuring on-campus that promote civic engagement values that are either seperate from or in collaboration with the LSC-M CCE:

The Healing Project

Let your voice be heard! The Lone Star College-Montgomery Theatre Department is spearheading a project that will culminate in our summer production and perhaps beyond: The Healing Project. Let your words inspire our performance!

We live in a time that has spawned vicious divisiveness in our country. The Healing Project aims to give students a voice in expressing solutions to the issues at the core of the divide.

Choose an issue that is important to you. Examples are: climate change, healthcare, immigration, gun control, reproductive rights, racism, genderism. (You are not limited to these examples.) State briefly what you see as the problem; then offer a solution. The solution to the problem should be the bulk of the submission and be as complete as possible. For example, if your solution for healthcare is to provide it for everyone, offer a way to fund it. Be creative. There are no bad ideas!

Submissions can be in the form of essay, poetry, song lyrics, videos, original artwork, filmed performances, and more. Please turn in submissions by March 2nd to Chase Waites chase@lonestar.edu. Student submissions provide the foundation for this LSC-M Theatre Department project, so please help.

Before submitting, read the following statement carefully: I realize that by submission of this work, I am giving Lone Star College-Montgomery and its Theatre Department permission to use my words and/or ideas in a theatrical performance.

If you are submitting artwork for this project, we would like to have access to the original artwork to display it during the production.

To portray your submission in an accurate context, we request the following information. Providing this information is completely optional: Name, Age, Gender, & Race.

The Theatre Department will review all submissions and distill selections into a performance in summer of 2020.

Click here to see information about the summer performance.

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