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Civic Engagement Boot Camp

The Hobby School of Public Affairs’ Civic Engagement Boot Camp (CEBC) is a series of one day interactive sessions designed to teach the skills necessary to create positive change. Each workshop will develop and enhance the abilities required to lead effectively within any environment.

Workshops focus on various aspects of civic leadership. Individual workshops cover topics such as the following:

  • Building individual capacity
  • Understanding existing governmental structures and processes
  • Developing representation on local government and non-profit committees and boards, and neighborhood organizations
  • Building multi-sector (private, public and nonprofit) collaborations
  • Using new and traditional media
  • Broadening the civic participation of young people
  • Acknowledging multiple perspectives
  • Articulating a position

Civic Engagement Boot Camps feature speakers with demonstrated expertise and success in leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. While group exercises and discussions may sometimes pull you outside of your comfort zone, the outcome is strengthened civic responsibility and the tools to make a difference in your community.

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Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Community Engagement Developer
Bolivar "Bo" Fraga
Friday, October 7, 2016
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Farish Hall 211

Bolivar "Bo" Fraga is the Community Engagement Developer for Neighborhood Centers, Inc., the Houston region's largest community development organization. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Bo has taught in the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, and is a board member of various organizations including the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Red Cross.

The theme for the Civic Engagement Boot Camp on October 7 is empowerment through civic action and voting. Mr. Fraga will emphasize the use of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a theory and practice that involves stakeholders in self-determined change. Discussion topics will include how to develop a stronger community by building on its strengths, determining a course of action for change, how to engage government decision-makers in productive ways, and personal civic responsibility.

Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. The session is limited to 25 participants, and all participants must pre-register to attend. Register by sending an email to Scott Mason at smason@uh.edu with the CEBC session date in the subject line, and provide your name, phone number, and email address.



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Former Congressman
Bill Sarpalius
Friday, October 28, 2016
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
McElhinney Hall 116

Bill Sarpalius served as a Texas State Senator from 1980 to 1989, and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 1995. Currently, Bill is CEO of Advantage Associates International.

The primary topics for this session led by Congressman Sarpalius will be governmental relations and lobbying.

Admission is free, and lunch will be provided, but the session is limited to 25 participants. You must pre-register to attend. Register by sending an email to Scott Mason at smason@uh.edu with the CEBC session date in the subject line, and provide your name, phone number, and email address.