Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Houston Policy Challenge

The Houston Policy Challenge (HPC) is an annual competition that enables Rice students to learn about and respond to a policy issue facing Houston leaders and residents.  As a Learn Level CCL program, HPC introduces students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to civic leadership through an engaged, community-focused approach to advocacy and public policy.  Participants work together in teams, learn about the policy issue through independent research and interaction with campus and community experts, and present creative, community-focused policy solutions to a panel of city and community leaders.

The 2019-20 policy challenge is CRIMINAL JUSTICE in the greater Houston area.

HPC is a team-based opportunity open to Rice undergraduates of all years and majors.  Students may register as teams or sign up as individuals and be placed on teams with help from program coordinators.

Applications for HPC 2019-20 due Monday, October 28th

Program kickoff: November 7, 2019

HPC Competition event: February 26, 2020

Participants in the Houston Policy Challenge program will:

All HPC participants will receive:

  • A general introduction to the policy arena of criminal justice
  • An overview of the public policy process
  • An appreciation for community-focused policy formation
  • Academic insights into the issue through interaction with faculty
  • Opportunities to meet and learn from Houston-area issue leaders
  • Resources for learning more about Houston-specific, criminal justice policy issues
  • Individualized team advising sessions 

Funding: Each team may apply to receive up to $100 in travel reimbursement for approved, program-related site visits in the Houston area.

CCL staff contact: Elizabeth Vann, evann@rice.edu

Student Coordinators:

Ashley Nguyen, akn5@rice.edu

Emma Donnelly, ecd4@rice.edu

Jason Lee, jl172@rice.edu

Emma Young, ery1@rice.edu