Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs

The Center for Student Involvement offers a variety of programs that encourage students to build their leadership skills and engage in their community. Please contact us at 832-842-6253


Ignite Leadership Program

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until December 1st.

Ignite is a group leadership program designed to help students develop their basic leadership skills. Participants will develop their leadership potential while building relationships and having fun with other student leaders. Peer Mentors will guide small groups through the program and create positive relationships in a supportive environment. Ignite meets weekly and topics include: public speaking, conflict management, ethics and more. Participants are selected through an application and interview process.

Catalyst Leadership Luncheon

Catalyst is a leadership luncheon series that aims to be a unique opportunity for UH students to connect with University and community leaders. The luncheons provide an interactive atmosphere that allows influential individuals in their fields to discuss their paths to success, provide advice and share their story.  Catalyst offers a chance to meet interesting speakers, gain practical knowledge, and meet other students interested in broadening their leadership network, all over a free lunch!


Clinton Global Initiative – University

Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year is an opportunity for students to attend a meeting where they will discuss solutions to pressing global issues. Nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in the five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.  Each year the University of Houston is proud to sponsor student participants at CGI-U.  Applications are due in late January.  For more information visit our website and the CGI-U website http://www.cgiu.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

If your RSO is looking for volunteer opportunities or one time projects CSI serves as a resource. Contact Stephanie Schmidt sschmidt@uh.edu with your request.  Large group projects (more than 25 participants) generally need to be planned a semester in advance.

Community Action Break

Community Action Break aims to provide various volunteer opportunities during the week of Spring Break. We provide the transportation, supplies and food. All you need to do is show up ready to make a positive difference! To view an example of the service opportunities that were offered last year please visit our website.

Metropolitan Volunteer Program

MVP is a student organization founded in 1989 with the purpose of creating and connecting students to volunteer opportunities both on campus and in the Houston Community. Each semester they offer both large one-day events, such as campus and community clean ups and ongoing service opportunities such as the community garden and working with services for the homeless. Visit their website often for updated opportunities.

Volunteer Directory

A list of volunteer opportunities in Houston. Please keep in mind that the organizations must be contacted directly for all volunteer appointments.