Texas Governor's School molds diverse community of future urban leaders

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: June 14, 2011

More than 85 high school students from across the Lone Star state are trading in pool time for school time this summer to take part in the Texas Governor’s School in Arts and Humanities for Urban Leadership at Texas A&M University, June 6 – 24.

One of only four of its kind in the state, the Texas Governor’s School at Texas A&M provides an exciting three-week educational opportunity for 11th and 12th graders to develop leadership skills by engaging in the arts and humanities.

During the program, students visit area museums, participate in theatre arts performances, listen to visiting artists, engage in film and digital media projects and enroll in four college-level courses. As an added bonus, students explore college admissions, university programs, campus life and Aggie traditions.

“Our goal is to increase support of urban secondary students in Texas at the higher education level by providing opportunities to learn and interact in arts and humanities activities that foster leadership,” said Patrick Slattery, professor of culture, curriculum and instruction at Texas A&M and co-director of the Texas Governor's School. “We hope to build a community of diverse learners and artists who are equipped to address the unique challenges of urban culture to lead Texas into the 21st century.”

Funded by a three-year grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the program is conducted free of charge to eligible high achieving students. This is the third year Texas A&M has facilitated the program.