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The Community Bridges Program is a service-learning program for Rice University undergraduates that aims to strengthen the relationship between Rice University and the Greater Houston community. Through an academic course and active fieldwork, Community Bridges Fellows develop and implement long-term projects focused on the sustainable reduction of poverty. The program currently partners with 10 organizations in Greater Houston, each providing services for locals.

The program aims:

  • To sustainably reduce poverty in Greater Houston.
  • To offer an experiential-learning program at Rice University that fosters lasting relationships between the undergraduate community and the Greater Houston community.
  • To generate a meaningful impact for both the Greater Houston community and Rice University students.
  • To expand structures for the Rice and Greater Houston community to work together and develop projects that will effectively address the needs of the city as seen by residents of the community.
  • To encourage discussion in the Rice community on issues related to social inequality, poverty and socioeconomic mobility in Houston.



The application for the 2017-2018 fellowship is now open! Find it here. Applications are due by 11:45 p.m. on August 31, 2017. Fellowship activities will not begin until the fall semester.


The Kinder Institute and the Center for Civic Engagement in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduates, founded Community Bridges in 2011. In its six-year history, Community Bridges has successfully facilitated 145 undergraduate fellows who have put in over 11,000 hours of service in the Fifth Ward community.


In 2014, the program was recognized by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, in partnership with the New York Life Foundation, in Washington D.C.. The program was awarded the 2014 Higher Civic Engagement Award and was acclaimed as one of Rice University's exemplary models of service. Read more here.

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