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Programs

The Center for Civic Engagement participates in several programs including:

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.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball
  • LSC-University Park

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Bayou City Book Festival

The Bayou City Book Festival is a new initiative coming out of Lone Star College’s (LSC) Center for Civic Engagement. The Center desires to effectively and efficiently integrate literacy and literary works within the lives of their students and the wider Houston-area. BCBF seeks to create the venue for nationally and internationally known authors to speak to audiences about unique ideas, meet with attendees on an individual basis, provide free literary programming, promote diverse works of literature and their authors, and focus attention on literacy within the City of Houston.

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball
  • LSC-University Park

Learn More About the Bayou City Book Festival

Citizen Alum

Citizen Alum is an effort to change the framework of alumni relations, partnering with alumni as “do-ers.” Citizen Alum aims to find the hidden treasure—the creative, civic, intellectual, and social capital of alumni, especially recent “gap alums” and alums who opt out of conventional roles, supporting them as contributors to their home communities and as allies in education.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-Kingwood

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Civic Engagement Conference

The mission of the two day conference is to examine the ways institutions of higher education are dealing with rising levels of economic inequality in the United States. Is inequality a problem? If so, what should be done about it? How are themes of inequality being dealt with in the classroom? What teaching pedagogies and co-curricular activities are being used to get students to think critically about economic inequality in the United States and the world?

Visit the Civic Engagement Conference Website

Common Read

The Common Read program is designed to create a shared intellectual experience for the students at Lone Star College.

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.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball
  • LSC-University Park

Learn More About Deliberative Dialogues

Engage the Election

Lone Star College hosts candidate forums, voter registration drives and voter registrar training.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball
  • LSC-University Park

Learn More About Engage the Election

Human Library

The Human Library seeks to challenge prejudice by facilitating a conversation between two people: Books and Readers.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-University Park

Learn More About Human Library

Humanities and Democracy

The Humanities and Democracy engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States. Lone Star College is one of 10 community colleges nation-wide selected by Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and The Democracy Commitment: An American Community College Initiative (TDC) to infuse this key skill for civic learning and Democratic Engagement through humanities courses and perspectives.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball
  • LSC-University Park

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.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball
  • LSC-University Park

Learn More About the Hunger Banquet

Internships

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.

Public Achievement

Public Achievement is a youth civic engagement initiative focused on the most basic concepts of citizenship, democracy, and public work.

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-North Harris

Learn More About Public Achievement

Texas Tribune Festival

The Texas Tribune knows that the students (and educators) who attend the Texas Tribune Festival are the future leaders of Texas and beyond. The Texas Tribune has crafted an enhanced student experience to help you get the most out of the Festival, including a student lounge, a pre-Festival summit and other special events. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the current political issues facing the State of Texas and the U.S.

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball
  • LSC-University Park

Learn More About the Texas Tribune Festival

Service Learning

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

Campuses Involved

  • LSC-CyFair
  • LSC-Kingwood
  • LSC-Montgomery
  • LSC-North Harris
  • LSC-Tomball

Learn More About Service Learning

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.

  • LSC-Kingwood
Learn More About the National Model United Nations (NMUN)