Historically Black Texas Southern University in Houston has announced the establishment of Institute for Voter and Civic Engagement. The goal of institute is to promote voter and civic participation among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.
Specifically, the institute has established three primary goals:
1. Increase electoral participation: Through dynamic campaigns, engaging events, and comprehensive trainings, the institute will encourage increased participation in the election and voting process among students, faculty, staff, and community members.
2. Empower Historically Excluded Groups: By fostering a campus culture that empowers historically excluded groups, the institute plans to promote their active involvement in civic life. Targeted marketing campaigns, educational events, trainings, and volunteer opportunities will be provided to support this objective.
3. Foster Partnerships: The institute will establish partnerships with community and civic organizations, political groups, local businesses, and corporations. These partnerships will create a sustainable network of support for civic and voter education initiatives.
The new institute is being partly financed by a grant from the Houston Endowment. “This funding will allow us to create a transformative institute that will empower individuals to actively participate in our democracy and make a positive impact in their communities,” said Micahel O. Adams, a professor of public affairs at Texas Southern University and director of the new institute.
Dr. Adams earned his bachelor’s degree from Touglaoo College in Mississippi. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Atlanta University.