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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

A chronological list of this semester’s programs available here.

Engaging in the Election | Celebrating ActivismDemocracy in Action | Deliberative Dialogues | The Human Library

Engaging in the Election

This November’s elections are very important to the future of our state and country and Mavericks care!  Did you know there will be 10 constitutional amendments on the November 5, 2019 Ballot? Constitutional amendments require the support of two-thirds of the Texas House and Senate and a majority of voters.  In 2017, only 5.8% of the state’s then-15 million registered voters voted on the constitutional amendments.  With such a low turnout, YOUR VOTE MATTERS even more than usual. Click here for more info on these proposed constitutional amendments.

v Step 1: Register to Vote

Registration Deadline: 

10.23.2019

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

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: Received no later than Friday, October 23, 2019

  • Ballot Deadline: Received no later than 7 p.m. November 5, 2019

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:

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Building G Atrium & Free Speech Area Outside Building A
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Building G Atrium & Free Speech Area Outside Building A
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Building B Atrium & Walkway Between Buildings F & B
  • Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Building B Atrium & Walkway Between Buildings F & B
  • Monday, September 9, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Walkway Between Buildings F & B & Building G Atrium
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Walkway Between Buildings F & B & Building G Atrium
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Free Speech Area Outside Building A & Building B Atrium
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 9am – 1 p.m. | Free Speech Area Outside Building A & Building B Atrium

LSC-M Participates in:

         

Celebrating Activism Documentary Series

“Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle” Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 1pm – 3pm | G-102

“Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle”, is a PBS documentary by Phillip Rodriguez, examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. This film was chosen as the September CCE Documentary in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Come for the film, stay for the discussion hosted by LSC-M Vice President for Student Success, Dr. Michael Chavez.  Snacks will be provided. 

“Stonewall Uprising” Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 1pm – 3pm | G-102

“Stonewall Uprising” is a PBS documentary that revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America and when a police raid on Stonewall led to the birth of the gay rights movement. Veteran filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner explore the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. This film was chosen as the October CCE Documentary in honor of National Coming Out Day, 10/11/2019.  Come for the film, stay for the discussion hosted by LSC-M English Professor Dr. Simone Andrade.  Snacks will be provided. 

“Lake of Betrayal: The Story of Kinzua Dam” Documentary Viewing & Discussion | Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 11:35am – 1:00pm | G-102

“Lake of Betrayal: The Story of Kinzua Dam” is a documentary set against a backdrop of a federal Indian termination policy, pork-barrel politics, and undisclosed plans for private hydropower, that reveals an untold story from American history—a one-sided battle pitting an impoverished Native American nation against some of the strongest political, social and commercial forces in the country as they fought to protect their lands and way of life. This film was chosen as the November CCE Documentary in honor of Native American/Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month.  Come for the film, stay for the discussion.  Snacks will be provided.

Democracy In Action

Constitution Day Celebration | Tuesday, September 17 2019 | 11am – 1pm | 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, coffee, & a free pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution provided.

Texas Tribune Festival 2019 | Thursday, September 26, 2019 – Saturday, September 28, 2019 | Austin, TX | RSVP Needed - click here to RSVP

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 required.  Deadline to RSVP AND complete required forms is Friday, September 20, 2019 at noon.

Free Speech vs Hate Speech vs Activism: A Faculty Panel | Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 1pm – 2pm | G-102

Free Speech week is celebrated nationally the Week of October 21-25.  What better way to honor the First Amendment and all it stands for by having a discussion on the differences between using your free speech rights, bullying or speaking hate speech, and/or using your voice for activism.  Come and listen to Molly Lasco (English/Rhetoric), Dana Morales (Political Science), Betsy Powers (History), and Sunny Zhao (Speech) discuss this topic from their fields. The panel is being moderated by Melissa Heselmeyer (Reference Librarian), and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage the faculty in this topic.  Snacks will be provided. 

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:

Pizza with the Police | September 26, 2019 | 11am – 1pm | Building B

LSC-M is having a Crime and Justice Week sponsored by the Criminal Justice Department.  As part of that week’s events is this open forum for students and officers to communicate their concerns and needs.  Come for lunch and stay for conversation.  For more information, contact Sarah Billingsley Chapman.

Consent Workshop: What is it and How do you Achieve it? | November 12, 2019 | 11:35am – 12:35pm | G-107

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.  Come for lunch and to learn about this important topic.  This program is part of the co-curricular programming in support of the LSC-M Drama production of “Student Body” by Frank Winters.

“Student Body” by Frank Winters | LSC-M Drama Production & Discussion | November 13 at 5:30pm, November 14-16 at 7pm, November 16 at 3pm | Performing Arts Center (Bldg. D), Mainstage Theatre

Sexual assault on college campuses...addressing the problem is thornier than it sounds. Should campuses adjudicate cases, or only police? What if the victim wants privacy or nobody's really sure what happened at all? These tricky questions propel the action in “Student Body,” Frank Winter's compelling drama. After each performance the cast and crew will be joined on stage by Dr. Sarah Billingsley Chapman, LSC-M Criminal Justice Faculty, LSC-M Faculty Counselors, and Outreach Educators from the Montgomery County Women’s Center to discuss play and the issue of sexual assault/violence.  For tickets click here.

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.

There are no Deliberative Dialogues scheduled for the Fall 2019 semester.  Please check back for dates/times/locations for Dialogues in the Spring 2020 semester.

The Human Library - Coming Spring 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 in January 2020.

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