Community Projects

University of Houston Faculty, Students, and Staff are deeply involved with their communities through a variety of projects spanning numerous categories in the areas of Community, Leadership, and Environment; Education, Research, and Technology; and Social Issues.

Key Projects

Key projects shaping the Houston Community are listed below. All are making a significant change to the surrounding Houston area.

Houston Area Teacher Center

The Houston Area Teacher Center (HATC) is a consortium of more than 30 Houston-area school systems with the University of Houston’s College of Education. HATC's member school districts represent more elementary and secondary students than many of the states.
HATC was founded in 1970 and began operation in 1971 with six school systems. It is the oldest and largest teacher center in the nation. In 2011, HATC celebrated 40 years of service to Houston school systems and to the teaching profession.
The Center is a forum for the College and area school systems to collaborate on solutions to issues of common concern, such as teacher supply and demand, teacher quality, policies and procedures for the placement of student teachers, and for working with partner schools. Twice annually, HATC sponsors Houston Area Student Teaching Conference and Teacher Job Fair, bringing together at UH Main campus hundreds of student teachers from Houston area universities.


BOUNCE Healthy Lifestyle Program

BOUNCE Programs began as healthy lifestyle summer camps in 2005 to promote healthy eating, exercise, positive body image, and self-esteem in Hispanic and African American (AA) adolescent girls and their families. Due to its remarkable success, the program has expanded to include after school programs offered at several local elementary schools throughout Houston. Recently, BOUNCE extended its programming to include cooking demonstrations and grocery shopping tours for BOUNCE families and the general public (e.g., HEB and Kroger Hispanic shoppers and Harris County Hospital District employees). BOUNCE continues to expand and deepen its programming with 5K Fun Run/Walk and walkathons. More than 2,000 minority families have participated in BOUNCE programs.  BOUNCE is one of a few national programs that combines academia and community involvement in treating obesity from a family-based perspective. BOUNCE is particularly unique in that it uses culturally sensitive programming that not only works with adolescents, but also includes strong family involvement.


Houston PBS

The University of Houston and HoustonPBS Channel 8 have collaborated to produce a new edition to the Channel 8 lineup, "UH Moment."

Currently heard on KUHF-FM radio, this series of 60-second informational spots that feature stories of UH's innovative research, programs and successes, appear on broadcast television six times a week on both KUHT Channel 8.1, and 8.2.


Mayor’s Back to School Fest

The City of Houston's Mayor Annise Parker hosted her third annual Mayor's Back to School fest on Saturday, August 10, 2013 on the campus of the University of Houston. The event welcomed almost 20,000 students and their families to our campus to help prepare them for the new school year. Immunizations, school uniform vouchers, hair cut vouchers as well as other school and health related information was provided to all who participated in the event. The University of Houston College of Optometry also participated by providing vision screenings to students; and other UH colleges and programs assisted by participating in the event's expo area by providing community oriented information.


College of Optometry Mobile Eye Institute

The University of Houston Mobile Eye Institute (MEI) is equipped with the latest in ophthalmic technology and brings comprehensive on-site vision services to patients in need of optometric care. Subsidized by the City of Houston and area foundations, MEI services are designed to be offered to patients who don't have access to the traditional healthcare system or who are unable to travel to the University Eye Institute or one of its three neighborhood clinics.

In addition to offering comprehensive eye examinations, MEI optometrists will also diagnose and treat common eye diseases such as allergies, dry eye or conjunctivitis. Prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses will be written as well as appropriate referrals for specialized vision care. If an emergency situation demands it, the Mobile Eye Institute also has the equipment to manufacture lenses on the premises.


Community Design Resource Center

The mission of the Community Design Resource Center is to enhance the quality of life in low-to-moderate income communities throughout the Houston region through design, research, education and practice.

The Community Design Resource Center works to address issues of community development, design, planning, affordable housing and civic projects in partnership with communities.

Since 2005, we have partnered with more than 15 community-based organizations, including the City of Houston, METRO and others.


Connecting Bauer to Business Corporate Projects program

The corporate projects are group research projects that culminate in a final deliverable, usually a PowerPoint presentation and executive summary. Corporate sponsors choose a project topic relevant to their company and on which they would like to have some research done and hear a new perspective from the next generation of business professionals. Groups are usually made up of eight students.


Houston Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy develops, challenges, and supports student-athletes and coaches in their continual quest to become world-class leaders in athletics, academics, and life; the Academy functions to equip participants at every level with skillset necessary to be a confident, cooperative, critical decision maker and ethical contributor in a competitive and ever-changing world.