Formerly known as Houston Enriches Rice Education, the HERE Project has become the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) and is now a part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. CERCL is a curricular and research initiative that uses innovative research, engaged pedagogy and other approaches to promote and advance creative models and practices of leadership benefiting new generations of leaders. Please visit often to see updates on upcoming events and initiatives or join our  mailing list  and facebook page for invitations and updates.      

Join us for a multimedia symposium #BLMHTX @ St. John's Downtown Sept 18, 2015


In the wake of recent violence and brutality against black lives that continues to sweep the nation, this symposium will bring together Houston artists, academics, activists and religious leaders to consider ways to respond locally. Our aim is simple: to concretely envision what it takes to create communities and a world where black lives matter. Through critical dialogue along with displays of art and film that confront issues of racism and justice this symposium provides a space for members of the Houston community to think in sustained ways about how to contribute to the valuing of black lives through their own areas of interest and influence.

Featuring Pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus, Writer and BLM activist Darnell Moore, Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, BLM Activist X'ene Sky and local Houston artists Robert Hodge and Lovie Olivia. 

Visit the event page on Facebook or follow on Instagram & Twitter: @blmhtx to join the discussion. 

HISD Leaders awarded for critical thinking in CERCL's 8th Annual HS Essay Contest



top, l-r. - Elliott Ross, Rhett Jackson Taylor (3rd Place), Robert Guererro, Warren Kenney, Maya Reine (CERCL) and Principal Connie Berger @ John H. Reagan HS, Alusine Woodward, Dajah Cade (2014 2nd place winner and 2015 salutatorian) and Tenaya Oliveras @ Jack Yates HS, Principal Rene Sanchez, Maya Reine, Crystal Hernandez (1st Place), Crystal Estrada (2nd Place), Daniel Riojas @ Cesar Chavez HS.