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CERCL (Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning) records

Identifier: UA 258
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an event flyer, 24 essays submitted to a contest for high school writers, and, in digital format, two oral history interviews.


  • 2009 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the CERCL records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Biographical / Historical

CERCL (Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning) began in 2007 as HERE (Houston Enriches Rice Education), a program designed to develop engagement of Rice University with the city of Houston. At its beginning, the initiative was supported jointly by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the Office of the Provost, the Humanities Research Center, and the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. CERCL continues to be led by the founding director of HERE, Anthony B. Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies.

As initially envisioned, HERE had three key components: a presentation by a distinguished lecturer each semester, the creation of an archive of material for research, and a local speaker series with presentations both on and off campus.

In 2012 HERE was renamed the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, CERCL, and became a part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. As newly defined, the mission and objectives of the program place specific emphasis on outcomes desired for participants. The mission is to use innovative research, engaged pedagogy, and creative approaches to application in order to promote and advance models and practices of an expansive approach to leadership both on and off the Rice campus.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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The collection consists of submissions to a high school essay contest, an event flyer, and two oral history interviews (in digital format).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by CERCL in 2010 and 2017.


Guide to the CERCL (Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning) records, 2009-2016
Mary Tobin
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA