Member Spotlight: Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin
Posted on May. 29, 2021
The New Politics Forum organizes bipartisan and non-partisan youth-focused and student-led events across the state to enhance students’ understanding of democratic principles, help them develop their civic identities, and instill civic values. This program also helps students build a civic network of peers and civic leaders across Texas.
Speak Up Speak Out is a civic education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Teachers and civic leaders offer guidance and mentorship as students explore, research and present solutions to problems in their school and community. In the process of this civic learning, students discover how knowledge and teamwork expands their potential to make positive change in the world around them.
TX Votes is a UT student organization sponsored and supported by the Strauss Institute where UT Austin students come together to launch nonpartisan voter registration, education, and mobilization activities, such as registration booths and campus competitions, for students across Texas. • RU Ready Texas is an undergraduate course offered through the Communication and Leadership major at UT each spring (interested students should register for it this fall). In this class, UT Austin students explore civic education research and theory, and they prepare civics lessons and workshops for local high school students.
Civic Saturdays are virtual events scheduled one Saturday each month through the fall semester. They invite students in high school and college to come together to explore a timely civic topic.