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LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement

Sarah Simpson, Terri Winchester, & Tamara Allen during 2017's Clothesline Project.  For more information on this year's Clothesline Project, see below.

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.

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

The LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement is working on several programs for the 2017-2018 academic year and they are listed below.

You can also access a printable schedule of events here: Printable Schedule.

Film Series | Speakers Series | Deliberative Dialogues | Other Events

Film Series

We will be show films throughout the year focused on topics related to civic engagement.  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.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2017) Film Viewing and Discussion – Monday, 2/26/2018 | 1-3 p.m. | G-102

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.  The first 10 attendees will get a free copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) by Maya Angelou.

He Named Me Malala (2015) Film Viewing and Discussion – Wednesday, 3/7/2018 | 1-3 p.m. | G-102

After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls' education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children's rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  The first 10 attendees will get a free copy of I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (2015) by Malala Yousafzai.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2018) Film Viewing/Discussion/Cell Culture Demonstration – Monday 4/9/2018 | 1- 3 p.m. | G-102

A collaboration between the Center for Civic Engagement & Anitha Iyer’s Cell Culture Techniques Class.  In 1951, cancerous cells from Henrietta Lacks lead to breakthroughs that change the face of medicine forever. Aided by writer Rebecca Skloot, Deborah Lacks embarks on a quest to learn about the mother she never knew.  For more information on this film, visit https://www.hbo.com/movies/the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks. The first 10 attendees will get a free copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2011) by Rebecca Skloot. 

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2014) Film Viewing & Discussion – Thursday, 5/3/2018 | 3-5 p.m. | G-102

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. The first 10 attendees will get a free copy of The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century (2012) by Grace Lee Boggs and Scott Kurashige.

Speakers Series

We bring 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.

Meeting the Needs of the Transgender Population in Health Occupations – Thursday, 1/25/2018 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | H-102

A collaboration between Continuum (LGBTQQA Student Organization), the Nursing Department, and the Center for Civic Engagement.  Members of the transgender community often face a health disparity, as the LGBTQQ community is underserved in relation to health care.  This panel presentation will address basic information about the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation and the transgender community.  Additionally, how health care providers can better meet needs specific to this community and advocate on behalf of their transgender patients/clients will be discussed. 

Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence for Healthcare Providers – Monday, 1/29/2018 | 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. | H-102

A Collaboration between LSC-M Nursing and the Montgomery County Women’s Center.  The Montgomery County Women’s Center is offering a BRAND NEW PROGRAM!! Until now this program has ONLY been available to Emergency Room staff, however we are seeing that most staff have never received any training on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence in the Heath Care Setting. In an effort to elevate this gap in the system we are reaching out to nursing & public health programs looking to host FREE workshops for them, as to better train and prepare students for what they will come across in field. For more information about the Montgomery County Women’s Center, visit mcwctx.org/.

Climate Change: The Texas Perspective & What You Can Do – Thursday, 2/1/2018 | 3-4 p.m. | G-102

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization empowering people from all walks of life to become effective advocates for a livable world.  Come and learn about their organization and about what you can do. For more information on the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, visit citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/chapters/.

Disaster Recovery: An SBP Houston Presentation – Thursday, 3/1/2018 | 3-4 p.m. | G-102

SBP Houston is a non-profit disaster recovery organization working to get disaster affected citizens back home following Hurricane Harvey. Learn about who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved.  For more information on SBP, visit sbpusa.org.

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.  For information on deliberative dialogues, visit: nifi.org/en.

Deliberative Dialogue: Making Ends Meet: How Do We Spread Prosperity & Improve Opportunity – Thursday, 2/15/2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | G-106

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

Deliberative Dialogue: Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence? – Tuesday, 4/3/2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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: Health Care: How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need? – Tuesday, 4/10/2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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: Climate Choices: Meeting the Challenges of a Warming Planet? – Tuesday, 4/17/2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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: What is the 21st Century Mission for our Public Schools? – Tuesday, 4/24/2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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: Over the Edge: What Can We Do To Address Alcohol/Drug Use as a Society? – Thursday, 5/1/2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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.

Other Events

Holocaust Museum Trip – Friday, 1/26/2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A collaboration between the Center for Civic Engagement & One Book One Campus.  A bus will depart LSC-M at 8:30 a.m. to take a group of faculty, staff, students, and community members to the Houston Holocaust Museum.  We will be given a tour of the museum from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., have lunch (provided), and then return to campus by 2:30 p.m.  This trip is free!  To RSVP for this event, please contact Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu

Clothesline Project – Various Days/Times/Locations (see below)

Collaboration between LSC-M Nursing, The Center for Civic Engagement, and the Montgomery County Women’s Center.  The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by survivors of sexual assault/domestic violence or by someone who loves someone who has survived or has died as the result of sexual assault/domestic violence. 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. For more information about the Clothesline Project visit www.clotheslineproject.org/.

  • Monday, 1/29/2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | H Building Lobby
  • Wednesday, 1/31/2018 | 12-2 p.m. | G Building Atrium
  • Thursday, 2/1/2018 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | B Building Atrium
  • Wednesday, 2/7/2018 | 12-2 p.m. | A Commons
  • Thursday, 2/8/2018 | 12-2 p.m. | G Building Atrium

Hunger Banquet – Wednesday, 4/4/2018 | 6-7 p.m. | Bldg A Commons

About 795 million people suffer from chronic hunger.  Learn more, come to the LSC-Montgomery Hunger Banquet, for an experiential learning opportunity on the topic of global hunger and poverty.  The recommended donation for attending this event is 3 cans of food or $5.  All proceeds will go to the Lone Star College-Montgomery Food Pantry.  To RSVP for this event, please contact Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu.  For more information on Oxfam America and the Hunger Banquet, visit oxfamamerica.org/.