A year-long, experiential learning program for undergraduate students designed to help alleviate poverty and inequality in Greater Houston.


The Community Bridges program pairs academic study with active fieldwork to address urban inequality and poverty issues.

Strategic Goals

While studying theories and practices on the topics in the classroom, students are also placed with a community organization in one of Houston’s disadvantaged neighborhoods to carry out a research-driven project that aims to reduce poverty in the community. Every spring, sophomore, junior and senior Community Bridges Fellows carry out faculty-supervised research projects that sustainably expand our partner organizations’ ability to address poverty-related issues in Greater Houston while enrolled in a sociology course on urban inequality. Students will earn a total of five upper-level credits while participating in the program. The Community Bridges program has different components in the fall and spring and the opportunity for fellows to apply for two summer fellowship slots and extend their placement through the summer.


Community Bridges works with a variety of community partners including Air Alliance Houston, BakerRipley, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation and more.

Click here to learn more about community partners, past projects and student engagement.


Click here for a list of Community Bridges alumni.

Learn More

Applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship will open in the spring of 2020. To learn more about the program and participant requirements, click here


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Jie Wu

  • Director of Research Management, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Research Oversight Committee, Urban Data Platform


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Katie Wang

  • Program Coordinator, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
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Ellen Whitehead

  • Community Bridges Instructor, Kinder Institute for Urban Research