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.       

Free Seminar open to all Rice faculty, students, alumni and staff

CERCLKnowlesSeminar    We are proud to have Mathew Knowles, GRAMMY® Award-winning record-label executive, executive producer of top-selling female R&B group Destiny’s Child and father of superstar entertainers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles as the 2016 CERCL Distinguished Visiting Lecturer!

Consistent with CERCL’s mission to enhance critical thinking skills and effective communications through engagement with Houston, this seminar with Professor Mathew Knowles will provide an opportunity for the Rice community to enhance their talents and skills and develop ways to use them in a professional environment.

Rather than teaching a traditional class, Professor Knowles will facilitate an engagement that showcases his expertise, creative approaches to application, and engaged pedagogy that speak to CERCL’s mission. 

Limited seating – register now!  

Rice Students!
Mathew Knowles will choose 2 Rice undergrad student attendees for a summer internship at Music World Entertainment!

To Qualify:
• Register and tell us your interests
• Then register as many Rice students, faculty and staff as you can to attend and support you at the event!

9th Annual CERCL H.S. Essay Contest launched! Entries are due March 28.

Young leaders from participation high schools (Stephen F. Austin, Cesar Chavez, Jefferson Davis, Jesse Jones, James Madison, North Houston Early College, North Forest, John Reagan, Sharpstown, Evan Worthing, and Jack Yates) will use critical thinking to respond to our prompt: "Mayor Turner has appointed you to his Houston Metro Task Force. In your first report, he has asked you to respond to this question: What would you identify as the most important issue to address during his term and why?" Visit our HISD Outreach Page for more information

HISD Leaders accepting their awards for the 2015 CERCL 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.