Congressional Student Forums

So as teachers declare a crisis of civility in the schools, and the search goes on for something to blame, the students have a simple request: Show us the way. Chris Bury, ABC World News Tonight

Congressional Student Forums are events designed by the Institute to provide  college students with a personal experience of civility in the governing process. Forums are held on university/college campuses and last about 1 ½ hours. There is no admission fee, but the forums are usually not open to the general public. The Institute invites students, educators, members of the Institute and their guests to participate. Voter registration is also made available at some of these events.

The first portion of the program is spent examining the importance of civility to the governing process and to life in community. The forums include two members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, who dialogue (not debate!) about current issues. This is an opportunity for students to interact directly with their elected officials as the students set the agenda through their questions to the members of Congress. At the conclusion of the forum, each member of Congress makes a closing statement.

The Institute believes that offering students a personal experience in the governing process that is grounded in civility sets an important precedent for their future involvement in the civic process. We all benefit when more voices come to the table. The more civil we are as we talk to one another, the more we can learn together, and the easier we can reach solutions that work for everyone.

If you are interested in bringing a Congressional Student Forum to your campus, we’d love to discuss the idea with you. Please give us a call or send us an email.

Past Forums

The Institute has held successful forums across the nation. The following table is a list of our previous forums and their locations:

Year Location Members Of Congress
2015 University of Houston – Houston, Texas Gene Green and Randy Weber
2014 University of Texas San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas Lamar Smith and Henry Cuellar
2014 University of Missouri Kansas City – Kansas City, Missouri Emanuel Cleaver and Kevin Yoder
2014 Lone Star College, North Harris – Houston, Texas Kevin Brady and Gene Green
2013 University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio – San Antonio, Texas Henry Cuellar and Lamar Smith
2008 Lone Star College – North Harris, Houston, Texas Kevin Brady and Gene Green
2007 The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – Belton, Texas John Carter and Henry Cuellar
2006 Lee College – Baytown, Texas Gene Green and Ted Poe
2006 Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas John Carter and Henry Cuellar
2005 Rice University – Houston, Texas Kevin Brady and Gene Green
2004 University of Houston – Houston, Texas Kevin Brady and Nick Lampson
2003 Queens University – Charlotte, North Carolina Sue Myrick and Mel Watt
2003 TCU – Fort Worth, Texas Kay Granger and Charles Stenholm
2002 Sam Houston State University – Huntsville, Texas Kevin Brady and Jim Turner
2001 Houston Community College, Central Campus – Houston, Texas Ken Bentsen and John Culberson
2000 North Harris Community College – Houston, Texas Kevin Brady and Gene Green
1999 Houston Community College, Central Campus – Houston, Texas Bill Archer and Ken Bentsen
1999 San Jacinto College South- Pasadena, Texas Kevin Brady and Nick Lampson