LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement
- Human Library Book Volunteer Application: click here
- 2019 NEW Leadership™ Texas Interest Form: click here
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.
You can also access a printable schedule of events in chronological order here.
The Human Library Coming Spring 2019
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.
Do You Have a Story to Tell?
We are currently looking to build our library for this event. Apply to be a “book” here! The deadline is January 31, 2019.
For more information about this program contact Michele Richey.
Engaging in the Election | Celebrating Democracy | Celebrating Free Speech | Celebrating Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month | Celebrating Native American Heritage Month | Lunch with Leaders | Learn More about Issues
Engaging in the Election
NAACP Candidate Forum | Thursday, 9.13.2018 | 7 p.m. | Building D Theater
NAACP sponsored candidate forum. Montgomery County Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) will be on campus registering people to vote as well. For more information, contact Carl White, President Montgomery County NAACP #6304.
Current Events Discussion & Montgomery Candidate Debate/Forum | Saturday, 9.15.2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | B-102
The Lone Star College-Montgomery Academy for Lifelong Learning and the Montgomery County League of Women Voters are hosting an event to help inform people on the upcoming election. Candidates from 9 different local races have been invited. Montgomery County Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) will be on campus registering people to vote also during this first event. For more information, contact Marcie Rhodes, Voter Services/Education Chair, Montgomery County League of Women Voters.
Why Vote? | Monday, 9.17.2018 | 11:50 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | G-102
Montgomery County Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) will present info session, provide demonstration of Montgomery County voting machines, and register people to vote. The MC Republican Party, MC Democratic Party, Libertarian Party of Texas MC, Texas Green Party, and the MC Tea Party will be providing information and opportunities to connect with their organizations.
Neil Dikeman, Libertarian Candidate for Senate | Tuesday, 9.18.2018 | 7 – 8 p.m. | G-102
Senate candidate, Neil Dikeman, will be speaking about his campaign and what he represents.
Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke Debate Watch Party | Tuesday, 10.16.2018 | 6 – 7 p.m. | G-102
Come and watch the debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, candidates in the Texas U.S. Senate race. Snacks, games, & prizes provided.
Third Saturday Debate #2 | Saturday, 10.20.2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | B-102
The Lone Star College-Montgomery Academy for Lifelong Learning is hosting 2 political debates before the upcoming election. Candidates from 9 different local races have been invited to each debate. For more information, contact Steve Gorman.
Get Informed About Voting | Monday, 10.29.2018 | 2 – 3 p.m. | G-102
Sponsored by the Voter Awareness Council. Come to learn about “Voting 101” and participate in a workshop to help you get informed about the upcoming election. Participants will be able to print out their own sample ballots and begin their research on who/what they will be voting for. Bipartisan resources will be provided to help participants explore their options. Bring your laptop to use in the research process (laptops provided for those who don’t have them). Snacks provided.
Constitution Day Celebration | Monday, 9.17.2018 | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Building G Atrium
Sponsored by the LSC-M Political Science Department and the Center for Civic Engagement. Stop by to celebrate the U.S. Constitution on this nationally recognized day of honor. Games, prizes, cupcakes, & a free pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution provided. Montgomery County Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) will be on hand registering people to vote also.
Texas Tribune Festival | Thursday, 9.27.2018 – Saturday, 9.29.2018 | Austin, TX | To RSVP click here.
The Center for Civic Engagement is taking students to this year’s Texas Tribune Festival. This conference explores the state’s — and the nation’s — biggest challenges. The Texas Tribune invites you to listen and learn from more than 250 leading figures in politics and public policy. Beyond panel discussions and one-on-one interviews, participants will engage in thoughtful, civil discussion about our state’s next steps. Conference registration, travel, hotel, and some meals will be covered. RSVP is required. For more information on the Texas Tribune Festival, click here.
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 LeadershipTM 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. 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.
Celebrating Free Speech
Free speech is one of our most treasured rights in this country and an essential aspect to democracy. LSC-M celebrates Free Speech Week, 10.22.2018 – 10.26.2018.
Deliberative Dialogue: Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do? | Tuesday, 10.23.2018 | 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | G-106 | To RSVP click here.
Should we strictly enforce the law and deport people who are here without permission, or would deporting millions of people outweigh their crime? Should we welcome more newcomers to build a more vibrant and diverse society, or does this pose too great a threat to national unity? The immigration issue affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. This program is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue instead of shouting across partisan lines. Come have lunch (provided) and discuss this issues with others who are interested in coming up with solutions.
Deliberative Dialogue: How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Communities? | Wednesday, 10.24.2018 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | G-106 | To RSVP click here.
Overall, the United States has become safer in recent years. Yet mass shooters target innocent people indiscriminately, often in locales where people ordinarily (and rightly) feel safe—movie theaters, college campuses, schools. How can we stop these violent acts and ensure that people feel safe in their homes and communities? This program is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue instead of shouting across partisan lines. Come and discuss this issues with others who are interested in coming up with solutions over coffee/tea and pastries.
Free Speech Week Celebration | Thursday, 10.25.2018 | 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Building G Atrium
Stop by to celebrate our right to free speech during this nationally recognized week of honor. Games, prizes, cupcakes, protest sign making & a guide to free speech at LSC-M provided.
Celebrating Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
Blackout in Puerto Rico Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Monday, 9.10.2018 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | G-102
Documentary viewing & discussion in honor of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month. Blackout in Puerto Rico, a PBS documentary FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The film examines how the federal response, Wall Street, and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive. Snacks provided.
Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Thursday, 11.8.2018 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | B-102
Documentary viewing & discussion in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Homeland is a documentary that tells the inspiring story of four battles in which Native American activists are fighting to preserve their land, sovereignty, and culture. Snacks provided.
Lunch with Leaders
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in our communities; one way to do so is to share with the decision makers what you think about the quality of life in your community. This lunch series provides students with the opportunity to have lunch with our campus top administrators and discuss what you believe to be important issues within our campus community. Lunch is provided and an RSVP is required, and students can register for 1 or more lunches.
Are Colleges an Appropriate Place for Activism? Lunch and Conversation w/ Dr. James McGee, Vice President, Instruction, LSC-M | Tuesday, 9.25.2018 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Should College be About More Than Getting a Job? Lunch and Conversation w/ Pat Sendelbach, Vice President, Administration, LSC-M | Tuesday, 10.2.2018 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Should Community Colleges Focus on Extracurricular Activities? Lunch and Conversation w/ Dr. Michael Chavez, Vice President, Student Success, LSC-M | Thursday, 10.11.2018 | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Is it a College’s Business to Encourage Political Engagement? Lunch and Conversation w/ Dr. Rebecca Riley, President, LSC-M | Tuesday, 10.16.2018 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn More about Issues
Drunk and Distracted Driving Presentation by Shattered Lives | Wednesday, 9.12.2018 | 11:45 a.m. | UC-200
Brought to you by Professor Melissa Dennis’s English Non-Profit Class. Shattered Lives is an organization that does programming around drunk and distracted driving and its consequences. For more information about this organization click here. For more information about this program, contact Melissa Dennis.
How to Survive a Plague Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Monday, 11.12.2018 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | G-102
A program to support LSC-M Drama’s production of The Normal Heart. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, How to Survive a Plague traces how grassroots HIV/AIDS activists gamed the system and forced the FDA to approve protease inhibitors, a breakthrough that’s saved millions of lives. Activist-turned-director David France pored through more than 700 hours of archival footage—from ACT UP and Treatment Action Group (TAG) archives, television news reports, and even personal recordings—to let those who were there tell the story. Snacks provided.
AIDS Epidemic History & Timeline Video| Monday, 11.5.2018 – Saturday, 11.17.2018 | G-Atrium, B-Atrium, A Commons, D-Theater Lobby
A program to support LSC-M Drama’s production of The Normal Heart. Take time to watch the short video outlining the history and timeline of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.
AIDS Quilt Display
A program to support LSC-M Drama’s production of The Normal Heart. Take time to view part of the quilt and learn more about it.
- Monday, 11.12.2018 – Tuesday, 11.13.2018 | All Day | G-Atrium
- Wednesday, 11.14.2018 – Thursday, 11.15.2018 | All Day | B-Atrium
- Friday, 11.16.2018 – Saturday, 11.17.2018 | All Day | D-Theater
3rd Annual Hunger Banquet | Tuesday, 11.27.2018 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | A Commons - EVENT CANCELLED
Sponsored by the Food Recovery Network, the Food Pantry, Maverick Leaders, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Center for Civic Engagement. 10.16.18 is World Hunger Day. About 815 million people suffer from chronic hunger worldwide. Learn more, come to the 3rd Annual 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 Food Pantry and the Food Recovery Network.
The LSC-M Center for Civic Engagement encourages all faculty and staff to be a part of our campus efforts to encourage civic engagement. Below are two faculty/staff focused initiatives for the 2018-2019 Academic year.
Faculty & Staff Civic Engagement Learning Community
This is a group that will read and discuss readings about civic engagement on college campuses and come up with recommendations/best practices. Make sure to RSVP as soon as possible so you can receive your copy of the reading in time to prepare for the discussion. Feel free to RSVP to 1 or all of the meetings. To RSVP, click here.
Thursday, 10.4.2018 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- October Reading: The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (2012). A crucible moment: College learning and democracy’s future. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Thursday, 11.1.2018 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- November Reading: Ronan, B. & Kisker, C. B. (Eds.) (Spring 2016). Civic learning and democratic engagement. New Directions for Community Colleges, 173. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Thursday, 12.6.2018 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- December Reading: Rios Millett McCartney, A., Bennion, E. A., & Simpson, D. (Eds.) (2013). Teaching civic engagement: From student to active citizen. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association.
Thursday, 2.7.2019 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- February Reading: Gottlieb, K. & Robinson, G. (Eds.) (2006). A practical guide for integrating civic responsibility into the curriculum (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Community College Press.
Thursday, 3.7.2019 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- March Reading: Matto, E. C., Rios Millett McCartney, A., Bennion, E. A., & Simpson, D. (2017). Teaching civic engagement across the disciplines. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association.
Thursday, 4.4.2019 | 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- April Reading: Association of American Colleges and Universities (Fall 2017). Civic learning in the major by design. Peer Review: Emerging Trends and Key Debates in Undergraduate Education, 19, 4. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
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.
To apply for this mini-grant, click here.
Campus Centers for Civic Engagement
Dr. Jay Theis