The mission of RUReady Texas is to provide students with the motivation and the civic, political, and expressive tools they need to address public problems in their community.
Through a partnership with Rutgers University's Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP) and an expansion of the RUReady project, the Annette Strauss Institute offers an upper division undergraduate course (CLD Communicating for Civic Engagement) as part of the Communication and Leadership Degree program at UT Austin to cultivate active citizenship and the civic leaders of tomorrow. As an extension of the well-established project at Rutgers University, RUReady Texas allows UT Austin students to work directly with high school students and administer interactive sessions to mentor active civic engagement from youth. UT students will connect the study of politics and civic education with the participation of young people living in our community.
The CLD course is open to UT Austin students from all majors, however a portion of the seats will be reserved for CLD majors. This course is also part of the Public Policy concentration of the Bridging Disciplines Programs where students receive a certificate demonstrating a secondary area of specialization complimentary to their major. The Bridging Disciplines Programs provides a diverse set of programs and resources that traverse boundaries between colleges and disciplines and enhance the quality of undergraduate education..
This project received seed funding by the generous expansion grant from Rutgers University CYPP, and has been offered each spring since 2020.
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