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Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Houston Action Research Teams (HART)

Civic Leadership Competencies: Social and Political Processes, Public Policy, Creative Problem Solving, Collaboration

Houston Action Research Teams (HARTs) serve as a bridge between Rice University and the City of Houston. HARTs are small, interdisciplinary teams of Rice students who work together with city offices and community organizations to address issues and challenges facing Houston and its residents.  HART projects are developed through collaboration between Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership and Houston community partners. The program brings together skilled and motivated Rice students from a range of academic fields to develop creative responses to complex civic questions and community challenges.

HARTs provide undergraduate Rice students with knowledge, skills, and opportunities to:  apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world issues; learn from their teammates and community partners; develop team- and community-based leadership skills; and communicate their ideas effectively to various stakeholders.

HARTs are interdisciplinary teams made up of four undergraduate students and a graduate student team coach, advised by CCL Staff and faculty.

Funding: Paid opportunity

Deadline: HART projects become available throughout the year, and each will have its own deadline. Join the CCL Owlspace site and check this site to learn of upcoming opportunities.

Contact: Dr. Alan Steinberg (steinberg@rice.edu


Watch a promo video for the HART program below: