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Civic Engagement Boot Camp

The Hobby Center for Public Policy’s 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.


Former Congressman
Bill Sarpalius
April 22, 2016
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
122 McElhinney Hall

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 discussed by Congressman Sarpalius will be political campaigning and elections.

Admission is free, but is limited to 40 participants. You must pre-register to attend. Register by sending an email to Scott Mason at with CEBC in the subject line, and provide your name, phone number, and email address.

UH News Release: Civic Engagement Boot Camp Gets Community, Political Enthusiasts Ready to Lead