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Community Alert!!!

 HCC REDISTRICTING ~ 2022

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I encourage members of the HCC District IV community to review proposed maps and to submit the map that best represents your interest to help ensure there is fair representation in the Houston Community College redistricting process.

TIMELINE:

  • January 10th - February 2nd is the window for Community Forums
  • January 15, 2023 Deadline to submit proposed maps
  • February 1, 2023 Deadline to submit comments (LESS THAN 30 DAYS FROM JANUARY 15TH DEADLINE)
  • February 15, 2023 Final Public Meeting 
  • Final Decision in April 2023 in advance of the July 2023 Deadline

Persons providing proposed maps and comments must identify themselves by full name and home address and provide a phone number and, if available, an email address in case the Board wishes to follow up on your proposed map and/or comments to obtain additional information about submitted maps.

All proposed maps submitted to HCC for consideration must:

  • Be in writing and be legible;
  • Be based on the 2020 Federal Census;
  • Identify all proposed boundaries (e.g., street names and/or physical features)
  • Redistrict the entire HCC System, including specifically all nine trustee single-member districts;
  • Show the total population and voting age population for African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Anglo/Other for each proposed trustee district based on the 2020 Census Data. If a map is submitted without a population breakdown, the Board may not have sufficient information to give it full consideration; and
  • Conform to the redistricting criteria adopted by the HCC Board of Trustees.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR HCC REDISTRICTING MAP FOR DISTRICT IV.

Submit your proposed map with your comments using the HCC online Redistricting Feedback Form or email hcc.redistricting@hccs.edu.

To request to speak regarding redistricting, maps, Third Ward, or other concerns, please register online at a minimum 24 hours ahead of the December 14th HCC Board meeting  using the following link:  https://www.hccs.edu/about-hcc/board-of-trustees/board-meetings/request-for-appearance/

Citizens desiring to speak are provided 4 minutes.

The following map was drafted by HCC consultants and comes closes to putting  Third Ward back together. Download the map below and Submit to the board with comments.

Meet Dr. Reagan Flowers

Dr. Reagan Flowers has been at the forefront of all matters related to STEM education, leadership, entrepreneurship, community advocacy, and professional motivation throughout her career. Her monumental path tells a marvelous story of determination and a will to fight for the un-empowered. Her incredible talents were demonstrated at a young age, as she overcame failing third grade, and through the encouragement of her teachers was able to complete high school early, and went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college (Texas Southern University). Her passion for STEM education was born while working as a science teacher at Jack Yates High School.

Thanks to a grant provided by NASA, her students were able to build a one-of-a-kind robot, to compete in the school’s first-ever robotics competition. The success of her students and her recognition of the importance of mathematics and science motivated her to create more positive changes at the local level, and she made it her mission to ensure that each child had access to enriched STEM education programming. She has the unwavering support of her loving husband and finds delight in watching others enjoy a meal she has prepared, listening to great music, and traveling the world.

Her STEM exploits evolved into helping support organizations, businesses, teachers, and other professionals in impacting change through the power of education. She has motivated thousands through her inspirational speaking engagements, her business ventures, and community advocacy. Today, she works diligently as CEO of C-STEM, whose headquarters is proudly located in historic Third Ward, TX, and continues to make certain that underrepresented students get the opportunities necessary to have better professional and personal outcomes. Every chapter of her journey has prepared her for this role as HISD Trustee, one which your support will be critical in helping her achieve. She is committed to helping move HISD forward, for our children and our community, and she recognizes that Change Begins With Us.

Making a Difference...

We all need inspiration from time to time. Dr. Reagan Flowers has the professional and personal experience to help a variety of entities in times of need. She has been able to assist educators, as well as other professionals, while also assisting and mentoring students in vulnerable situations.

Dr. Flowers makes a clear distinction between telling someone they can overcome a problem or a difficult circumstance, and creating a lasting impact that will inspire the receiver of the message to create lasting positive changes. For more details, and to learn more about Dr. Reagan’s inspirational speaking engagements visit: https://www.drreaganflowers.com/

An Education Expert...

Dr. Flowers is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in education. She has raised millions of dollars towards efforts to close achievement gaps that disadvantaged students face in underfunded schools and undeveloped communities. As chief knowledge officer of Education Consulting Services, she works tirelessly to provide businesses, organizations, and academic institutions with the resources to implement effective strategies that will help resolve issues associated with barriers in education.

Ultimately, her mission with ECS is to strengthen the workforce of today and tomorrow by influencing the next generation of STEM professionals and utilizing their skills to strengthen our society’s economic influence among other competitive societies throughout the world. Learn More...

Giving Back to the Community

Through Dr. Flowers’ STEM driven initiatives, public speaking, and similar engagements, she continues to make certain that communities are strengthened to their highest degree. Perhaps one of her most notable ways in which she fortifies communities is through C-STEM.

C-STEM is a nonprofit organization she founded in 2002. The mission of C-STEM is to ignite the light within students to help them obtain a passion for communication, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Over the years, her organization has provided immeasurable support for tens of thousands of teachers, students, organizations, and parents around the country. Learn more about what C-STEM is doing in our community here.

Change Begins with Us: Our Platform

Our nation's youth have so much to offer, and we need to ensure that our communities and public schools are best meeting their needs. We need to move our communities and public schools Forward together. Dr. Flowers’ plan is comprised of various factors that collectively contribute towards the success that a child accomplishes in the classroom. All factors must be fulfilled to help strengthen public schools and ensure a positive transition from the community to classroom to college and career. If everyday individuals, community leaders, organizations, and businesses work in unison, we can close the gaps in education that have been affecting the most underserved members' communities in Houston for decades.

Take a look below to see what Dr. Flowers believes will help lead to a powerful transformation in our communities and public education.

Having a world-class education system begins with a commitment to fully funding education, offering competitive pay to teachers, restoring prominence to the teaching profession, and allowing teachers to run their classrooms. We must guide public education from the focus on testing to a system more focused on instruction delivery, with built-in flexibility within the curriculum to allow for different approaches to teaching pedagogy. Furthermore, the legislature should not insert itself when school districts make policy decisions aimed at protecting students, staff and teachers.

House District 147 (HD 147) comprises some great public schools, and a collection of incredible higher education institutions including Houston Community College, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, and University of St. Thomas.

The legislature should take affirmative action to expand Medicaid access to Texas’ low to moderate income families. As one of the states with the lowest percentage of insured citizens, improving healthcare access must be a top priority, particularly given the havoc wreaked on our hospital systems by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to improving healthcare access, we must place renewed emphasis on preventative healthcare, wellness, nutrition, and combating healthcare disparities.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of so many of our communities, and by far are the largest employer base in Texas. Consequently we must ensure that necessary resources are made available to small and minority businesses to ensure access to non-traditional capital resources, a robust base of consistent customers, and external contract opportunities. Furthermore, the Texas Workforce Commission and Governor’s office of economic development must direct job training programs and economic investments to so many of our underserved communities, to provide upskill training for workers and sustain new investments that will drive local job creation. We must also look to further leverage partnerships with community colleges, high schools, and trades unions to ensure Texans are being equipped with the necessary skills required to compete in the technologically driven future economy.

Housing is the cornerstone of communities, however, to have truly vibrant communities, residents need to have a range of housing that is affordable for people at various levels along the income scale. For communities to be sustainable, housing must be accompanied by a range of basic amenities including but not limited to parks, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, retail, health facilities, and financial institutions. Communities must also combat the most common plights plaguing under-resourced communities such as crime, dilapidated buildings, abandoned lots, and food deserts.  We will promote improved vibrancy of communities throughout HD 147 by working with Community-Based Organizations, City of Houston, Management Districts, TIRZ’s, Non-Profits, Universities, and other key stakeholders to undertake comprehensive community development efforts.

The key to leveling the societal playing field is via broad-based adoption of policies aimed at addressing the issue of equity, which must be viewed through the lens of existing policies that have created historical disadvantages for Black, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBTQIA communities. Equality aims to treat everyone the same, but equity seeks to redress disadvantages and prop up historically marginalized people to a level placing them on a more equal basis to compete for opportunity.

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Get Involved

Dr. Reagan Flowers will do all that it takes to ensure accountability and transparency are present at all times. She will work tirelessly to foster a lasting change that will help elevate students and assist their families overcome barriers to a quality education. Join her and help uplift the voices of students, parents, teachers and Our Community. You can support Dr. Flowers through a monetary donation, volunteering, and/or hosting community meetings on her behalf.