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. 

The CERCL Writing Collective launches a new book!

BreakingBreadBreakingBeatsWhat is hip-hop, and how does it impact the Black Church? How does the Black Church integrate hip-hop? How do black churches think about hip-hop? How do these different, yet deeply interrelated communities think about the key topics of modern life—be it gender, sex, race, or globalization?
These questions and more are the concern of the CERCL Writing Collective, under the mentorship of Anthony Pinn. In this innovative project, ten individuals write as one voice to illuminate the ways that hip-hop and the Black Church agree, disagree, and inform each other on key topics. 
This book grows out of the popular religion and hip-hop course, soon to be offered as an open enrollment online course, at Rice University by Anthony B. Pinn and Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman. Like the course, the book offers engaging insights into one of today’s most important musical genres and reflects on its broad cultural impact. More>>

7th Annual High School Outreach Essay Contest Winners

Please join us in welcoming the winner's of our 2014 essay contest! We were very impressed with their thoughtful and creative responses to this year's question:

In the 21st century, we use computers, software programs and other technologies in everyday life. In order to take advantage of shifting technology, the HISD Superintendent has asked you to serve as the chairperson of a new task force on technology and education. The task force has been asked to present a report answering this question: How should HISD use digital learning to transform schools and education in Houston, and what technology should be used to accomplish this?  


Photo: (top l-r) Reagan HS winners: Elliot Ross (1st Place), Alyssa Tenore, Priya Patel, Jazzmin Sanchez; Yates HS winner, Dajah Cade (3rd Place); Austin HS winner: Antoinette Dao; Chavez HS winners: Marem Bugallo, John Dana - Leticia Ortega, Natalie Sanchez (2nd Place) 

Houston Mayor Annise Parker recognized the High School Outreach Essay Contest and the winners of the 2010 Essay contest. Click here to read her letter.

For more information see our High School Outreach page.