Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston - Downtown

Center for Critical Race Studies Events - Summer 2014

July 8, 2014
CCRS Read-Out!

image of book cover A Lesson Before Drying by Ernest J. Gaines The Read Out! brings Houston teens together with UHD students to develop and engage critical reading and thinking skills. UHD students enhance their critical thinking skills learned in UHD courses by designing ethical and philosophical questions for teens to consider. Through discussion, UHD students encourage young students to think critically about individual choice in relation to one’s commitment to their respective communities and our mutual humanity. Ultimately, students learn the ways in which philosophical ideas and constructs of identity are useful in daily activities and community engagement. This initiative fosters civic responsibility by helping UHD students understand how to use their valuable critical thinking, reading and writing skills to contribute to the improvement and growth of their communities. Through this process, UHD students build relationships with teens. These relationships encourage the students to not only graduate from high school, but also attend and graduate from college. This community engagement contributes to retaining UHD students by showing them the power and humanitarian utility of a college education. View event poster.