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 2018-2019 academic year and they are listed below.
Community Forum on Public School Funding & Property Tax Reform| February 12, 2019 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. | Glade Cultural Center, 2200 Woodlands Pkwy The Woodlands, TX | RSVP here
As the 86th Texas Legislature considers reforms for public school funding and property taxes in our state, a panel of public education advocates, teachers, administrators and experts will have a moderated discussion about key issues, impacts and potential paths forward. The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session at the end of the program. Community members and area public school parents are invited to attend! Doors open at 6:00pm with an opportunity to mix and mingle with our panel members. The program will begin at 6:30pm. Parking in front of the Glade Arts Foundation, off of Woodlands Parkway is limited. Using the large lot off of Timberloch Place is recommended, there is a short path connecting the two parking lots. This program is hosted by Kira Becker, Lorena Perez McGill, and the Lone Star College-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week | February 25 - March 3, 2019
Join LSC-M in the fight to change the conversation around food, body image, and eating disorders. For more information, click here.
Smash the Scale | February 27, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Walkway btwn F & B
Join LSC-M in the fight to change the conversation around food, body image, and eating disorders. Stop by, get more information about eating disorders, and smash a scale! For more information, visit: NationalEatingDisorders.org.
Voter Registration | Wednesday & Thursday, 3.27 – 3.28.2019 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | All around campus
Deputy Voter Registrars will be all over campus these days to register folks to vote.
The Human Library is 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.
For a complete list of the stories being shared, click here.
Leadership & Democracy
SHSU Diversity Leadership Conference | February 15 - 16, 2019 | Sam Houston State University | To express interest click here.
The LSC-M Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring students who wish to attend the 15th Annual Diversity Leadership Conference which takes place on February 15 – 16, 2019 at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. This 2-day conference brings in students, staff & faculty from across the region. This year, they have over 35 workshops to choose from and 3 keynote speakers between both days! If you are interested, fill out the following form and the LSC-M CCE will register and pay for you. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once that is complete. For more information about the conference, click here. Please note that you will have to provide your own transportation to this conference.
NEW LeadershipTM Texas | June 1 - 6, 2019 | University of Texas at Austin | To express interest click here.
The LSC-M Center for Civic Engagement is sponsoring students who wish to attend NEW Leadership™ Texas. NEW LeadershipTMis 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. It 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. NEW Leadership™ Texas brings together college women from across the political spectrum to the UT Austin campus each year to discuss the roles of women in leadership and politics. The program exposes participants to new ideas and opportunities as they consider their future careers. For more information about this program, click here.
VDAY is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. For more information about VDAY click here.
Clothesline Project | January 28 – February 23 | At All VDAY Programs
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. For more information about the Clothesline Project click here.
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Conference | January 28, 2019 | 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Bldg H Music/Recital Hall
The LSC-M Nursing Department is hosting a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault conference. Topics discussed include intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder/vulnerable adult abuse, and sexual assault. There will also be a donation box for the Montgomery County Women’s Shelter in the lobby, please bring toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner), socks (adult and children), or flip flops (adult and children) to donate to the shelter!
Flirting vs. Hurting Workshop| February 4, 2019 | 3 p.m. | G-106
The Montgomery County Women’s Center will be providing a workshop on sexual harassment, venturing into what is flirting and when it can become inappropriate.
Toxic masculinity is a term being used quite frequently in the media today, with mixed response. Come to this panel discussion by LSC-M faculty to learn what it really means and why it is an issue that should be discussed. Faculty from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, and nursing.
The Montgomery County Women’s Center will be providing a workshop on consent and sexual assault. Topics covered include overall sexual assault and consent terminology, statistics, drug facilitated sexual abuse, and achieving consent.
City of Joy: Turning Pain into Power Documentary Screening & Discussion | February 18, 2019 | 3 p.m. | G-102
City of Joy is a transformational leadership community for women survivors of gender violence, located in Bukavu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a region plagued by an ongoing proxy war for the area’s vast mineral resources. City of Joy shelters and serves 90 survivors of gender violence aged 18 to 30 at a time. City of Joy, the film, premiered at the DocNYC Film Festival in New York City on 11 November 2016. The film tells the story of the first class of women at City of Joy, and chronicles the process by which such a revolutionary place came to be, from its origins with the women survivors themselves, to the opening of the center’s doors. For more information about the City of Joy click here.
Vagina Monologues Performances | February 21 - 23, 2019 | 7 p.m. | Bldg D Theater
An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who "liked to look at it". Rated R for content and language. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Montgomery County Women’s Center and the VDAY Spotlight Fund, which this year is providing money to organizations working with women in prison, detention centers, and formerly incarcerated women. This program is sponsored by the LSC-M Theatre Department. To purchase tickets, click here.
Celebrating Heritage Months
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Documentary Viewing/Discussion | February 25, 2019 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | G-102
This program is in honor of Black/African American Heritage Month. With contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 looks at the people, society, culture, and style that fueled an era of convulsive change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 1970s mixtape format, Mixtape is a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America.
What Happened, Miss Simone?Documentary Viewing/Discussion | March 20, 2019 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-102
This program is in honor of Women’s History Month. In 1964, the legendary blues singer wrote the politically charged song “Mississippi Goddam” — a song few radio stations dared to play — after the killing of Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing. Simone became a fixture at Civil Rights events, including the Selma March in March 1965. Despite criticism from her at-times abusive manager/husband and the public, Simone said, “I don’t think you can be an artist and not reflect the times.” Being so politically active was just one reason her career suffered, but Simone felt she had no choice.
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington Documentary Viewing/Discussion | May 1, 2019 | 12:30 – 2 p.m. | G-102
This program is in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. A fascinating look at Louisiana GOP Congressman Joseph Cao, who became the first Vietnamese American elected to congress. Cao won for Louisiana’s 2nd District, the first time a GOP candidate won in that district since 1891. The film portrays Cao as a naïve family man who makes a major move to national politics, but more than that, explores his role as an Asian American political leader representing a mostly Black district. Cao is a good example of what Asian American Republicans can contribute to the party.
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: Making Ends Meet: How Do We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity | February 14, 2019 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-106
Deliberative Dialogue: Health Care: How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need? | April 9, 2019 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-106
Deliberative Dialogue: What is the 21st Century Mission for our Public Schools? | April 23, 2019 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-106
Deliberative Dialogue: Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence? | April 30, 2019 | 12 – 2 p.m. | G-106
The LSC-M Center for Civic Engagement encourages all faculty and staff to be a part of our campus efforts to encourage civic engagement.
Faculty Civic Engagement in the Classroom Mini-Grants
This year, the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at LSC-M is providing mini-grants for faculty, staff, and students who are integrating civic engagement values into their work, including in the classroom and through campus programming. Grants will be awarded in the Fall and Spring for amounts up to $250 to be used for supplies that will support their efforts.
Fall 2018 Deadline: Friday, 9.28.2018 @ 5 p.m.
Spring 2019 Deadline: Thursday, 2.28.2019 @ 5 p.m.
Applicants will be asked for a brief explanation as to how the money will be used to support the mission of the CCE and/or the teaching of civic engagement values.