Cougars and Houston Area Math Program (CHAMP) is a mathematics outreach program for middle and high school students from underserved communities surrounding the University of Houston. CHAMP puts students from the local community into direct contact with faculty and students from the University of Houston to create pathways for success in mathematics and address the critical issue of underrepresentation.
Phi Beta Kappa recognized the innovative efforts of the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, led by Deborah McNulty, and four exemplary local organizations that build creative exchanges with new and diverse audiences in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences or mathematics.
The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) develops policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and cultural programs in the community, attract visitors, and leverage private investment. It helps the public and City departments realize cultural projects that advance their goals and benefit the city’s 2.2 million residents and nearly 17 million annual visitors.
Harvey Arts Recovery Fund (HARF) supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture, and creative community in a 10-county region. As a collaborative effort of Houston's arts services sector, its focus is rebuilding and restoring smaller arts and culture nonprofits and aiding individual artists by providing them with recovery and funding information.
Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) is committed to the healthy development of individuals through arts and cultural programming, academic excellence, support services and community building. MECA provides arts education, support services, and multicultural artistic performances and events to over 4,000 students and their families each year, helping to build discipline, self-esteem, and cultural pride.
Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) is a research archive at Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies that fosters a deeper understanding of Houston’s immigrant history by conducting oral histories and preserving materials. HAA also facilitates grassroots engagement by offering tools and resources for investigating community histories and works to interrogate critically what race, ethnicity, identity, and community mean.
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