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LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement

[pictures of our Protest Sign Making Program during Free Speech Week, Fall 2016]

The LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement encourages students, faculty, and staff to become active citizens involved in their communities by providing opportunities and resources to engage in empowering community activities.  On the LSC-M campus, students, faculty, and staff are being encouraged to both educate themselves about topics impacting our communities as well as get involved.  In order to facilitate involvement in civic engagement activities, this year we launched the Be The Change Initiative, which focuses on coordinating civic engagement efforts across campus into one calendar.  If you are planning a civic engagement oriented event that is open to all Lone Star College-Montgomery students and would like it added to the Be The Change Initiative Event Calendar please contact: Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu.

Be The Change Initiative Event Calendar 

Programs: Lone Star College - Montgomery Specific

The LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement is working on several programs for the Spring 2017 Semester:

Civic Engagement Film Series

Civic Engagement Speakers Series

LSC-Montgomery VDAY Campaign

Deliberative Dialogues

Civic Engagement Film Series

As part of our educational efforts around the civic engagement values of participation, advocacy, social justice, and sustainability, the LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement and Coulter Fellows will be showing films throughout the year.  These films are attended by faculty who engage the students before, during, and after the film in discussion on the issues highlighted in the film.

Upcoming Films

Range Wars – Tuesday, 3/28/2017 at 2:30pm in B102


Civic Engagement Speakers Series

As part of our educational efforts around civic, the LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement brings speakers to campus each semester to provide students the opportunity to hear, first hand, the unique stories and experiences of individuals doing civic engagement work. 

Upcoming Speakers

White House Healthy Campus Challenge: Presented by Young Invincibles - Tuesday, 1/24/2017 from 3pm-4pm in B102

  • The Young Invincibles will be on campus to give a presentation on what health insurance is, relevant cost-related terminology, and how to choose and enroll in health insurance. Then, they will open up for questions and allow time for students to sign-up for appointments with SRA and Enroll America navigators who will later follow-up with them individually.  For more information about the White House Healthy Campus Challenge, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/27/white-house-healthy-campus-challenge . For more information about the Young Invicibles, visit: http://younginvincibles.org.

Citizen Professionals: Presented by Dennis Donovan – Thursday, 2/2/2017 at 11:30-2:20pm in B102

  • Dennis Donovan from The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship will be conducting a workshop to help faculty, students, and staff develop the crucial civic skills to help them become more effective “Citizen Professionals.”  These include One to Ones, the Personal Narrative, and Power Mapping. 

Legal Issues for Transgender Adults & Children: Presented by Phyllis Frye - Monday, 2/6/2017 at 3pm in G102

  • Phyllis Randolph Frye is an Eagle Scout, a former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, a US Army veteran (1LT-RA 1970-72), a licensed engineer, a licensed attorney, a father, a grandmother and a lesbian wife.  She is acknowledged as being the “Grandmother” of the national transgender legal and political movement. She is a senior partner in the Houston law firm of Frye, Oaks, Benavidez and O’Neil, and she is the first, out, transgender judge in the nation.

Patriotism Isn't Enough: Discrimination, Participation, and Political Socialization of Refugees and Immigrants - Presented by Shyam Sriram - Friday, 2/17/2017 at 11am in G102

  • Shyam Sriram is a Teaching Assistant at UC Santa Barbara and a staff writer for PopMatters, an international magazine of cultural criticism

LSC-Montgomery VDAY Campaign

Civic Engagement, in coordination with Lone Star College-Montgomery Drama, is putting on a production of The Vagina Monologues this February as part of our VDAY campaign, which is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.  In addition to the production, there will be several related programs during the month of February.  All proceeds from our VDAY campaign will benefit the Montgomery County Women's Center.

VDAY Events

The Clothesline Project

  • The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by female survivors of violence or by someone who loves a woman who has been killed. Come and design a t-shirt to be hung on the LSC-M Clothesline in support of women and girls who have been impacted by violence. A $3 donation per t-shirt is recommended, with all proceeds benefitting the Montgomery County Women’s Center. This program is sponsored by the Student Nurses Organization and the Center for Civic Engagement as part of the LSC-Montgomery VDAY Campaign. VDAY is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. For more information about the Clothesline Project visit www.clotheslineproject.org/. For more information about VDAY visit www.vday.org. For more information, contact Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu or visit our webpage at www.lonestar.edu/MontgomeryCivicEngagement.
    • 2/8/2017 11:30am - 2:20pm in G Atrium
    • 2/9/2017 11:30am - 2:20pm in B Atrium
    • 2/15/2017 11:30am - 2:20pm in A Commons
    • 2/16/2017 11:30am - 2:20pm in A Commons
    • 2/20/2017 11:30am - 2:20pm in B Atrium
    • 2/21/2017 11:30am - 2:20pm in G Atrium

Protect Yourself: Personal Safety for Women Presented by Captain Joachim, LSC-UP - Thursday, 2/9/2017 at 2pm in G102

  • This class includes risk assessment, common perpetrator tactics, and an introduction to simple and effective physical and verbal self-defense and risk reduction techniques.  This class will introduce the RAD program, and what it has to offer.

"Feminism..." Faculty Panel - Tuesday, 2/14/2017 at 2:30pm in B102

  • This faculty panel will discuss the topic of feminism from their field's perspective.  Participating faculty include Betsy Powers (Government), Dana Morales (Political Science), Tim Cowan (Philosophy), Mark Whitten (Theology), Simone Andrade (Rhetoric) and Rob Kreps (Theater/Film).

Where Do You Stand? Montgomery County Women's Center Presentation - Monday, 2/20/2017 at 2:30pm in G125

  • In this session we will look at defining what abuse and respect looks like in the dating world today. And what about that pesky grey area, that not so clear line? For each of us it is different, we hope that this session will help you gain a clearer understanding of what you define as healthy and unhealthy behaviors in your dating relationships.  

Healing & Advocacy Through Art - Tuesday, 2/21/2017 at 2:30pm in H102

  • Art is often a great source of healing as well as an amazing tool for advocacy.  We are bringing together artists to perform pieces related to violence against women.  Sheila Stuewe, a faculty member here at LSC-M, will be reading an original essay, Desiree Strict, a student here at LSC-M, will be performing an original dance piece, and Reese Burgan, a faculty member here at LSC-M, will be performing a piece composed by Lowell Fuchs, specifically for our VDAY campaign.

The Vagina Monologues - Thursday, 2/23/2017 at 7pm in LSC-Montgomery Mainstage Theater D100 (purchase tickets)

The Vagina Monologues - Friday, 2/24/2017 at 7pm in LSC-Montgomery Mainstage Theater D100 (purchase tickets)

The Vagina Monologues - Saturday, 2/25/2017 at 3pm in LSC-Montgomery Mainstage Theater D100 (purchase tickets)

Deliberative Dialogues

Deliberative Dialogues provide a way for community members of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a problem and to search for common ground for action. Dialogues are led by trained faculty, staff, and student moderators, and use an issue discussion guide that frames the issue by presenting the overall problem followed by three or four broad approaches to the problem. Dialogue participants work through the issue by considering each approach; examining what appeals to them or concerns them; and also what costs, consequences, and tradeoffs may be incurred in following that approach.

Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training Lunch - Friday, 2/10/2017 at 12-2pm G125

Programs: Lone Star College - System Wide

In addition to events happening on our campus, there are civic engagement events occurring system-wide:

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

Service Learning

Service Learning is an experiential learning component to a student’s educational program which weds academic concepts with a real civic experiences. 

Learn More About Service Learning

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


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.