Community Engagement

The College of Liberal Arts is actively involved in community engagement as a means to connect UTRGV to the most valuable assets our region as to offer, the people of the Rio Grande Valley.

Two excellent ways that we do is through our Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program and the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail.

Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS)

The CHAPS Program was established in 2009 to create an archaeologically and historically literate citizens who are aware of their local cultural and natural history and of its importance to the future of the Rio Grande Valley. The program helps local school districts develop interdisciplinary K-12 curriculum to prepare students for future enrollment in the STEM subjects and teaches students the importance of stewardship to include site preservation, ethics and laws that affect our non-renewable local resources.

Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail

The RGV Civil War Trail draws upon a broad coalition of interested parties, this community-based project has designed a virtual “tour” in the form of a map/guide/brochure and associated web page and pod casts that provide a conceptual “walk” through the history of the Civil War in South Texas.