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Mayor Parker to Kick Off Citizenship Week Celebrating “The Many Faces of Houston”

4th Annual event series promotes civic engagement
embracing the City’s rich diversity


Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Office of International Communities – Department of Neighborhoods
Citizenship Week Steering Committee
Community Partners

Mayor’s Proclamation of Citizenship Week, November 11-17, 2012

, November 7, 2012, Mayor’s press briefing following City Council meeting adjournment

City Council Chamber, Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, 2nd Floor, Houston, TX 77002

Mayor Annise Parker will present a City proclamation to kick off the City of Houston’s Fourth Annual Citizenship Week, Celebrating the Many Faces of Houston, scheduled for November 11-17, 2012. The celebration will feature many special events to engage citizens in dialogue and activities focusing on what it means to be a Houstonian.

The purpose of Citizenship Week is to promote good citizenship by encouraging Houstonians to become active in civic affairs and public service embracing the city’s rich cultural diversity. The celebration also spotlights Houston as global city with a vibrant multicultural community and strong international business culture.

Citizenship Week is an initiative of the City’s Office of International Communities (OIC). The annual event is organized under the guidance of the Citizenship Week Steering Committee, composed of representatives of Houston’s diverse communities. This year’s event presenters include the Houston Public Library, the Houston Airport System and numerous community partners.

Citizenship Week kick-offs with a celebration on Sunday, November 11, 2- 5 p.m., at Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, 5600 Rookin Street, Houston, TX 77074. The family event will feature performances, ethnic foods, information booths, demonstrations and craft activities. Many events will take place throughout the city in the days that follow. Among scheduled events are film screenings, special displays and activities at selected Houston Public Library locations and an art exhibit in the City Hall Annex tunnel. For more information about Citizenship Week and a full calendar of events, visit

The Office of International Communities (OIC), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, is proud to collaborate with the Citizenship Week Steering Committee, City departments and community partners for the celebration of Citizenship Week. To learn more about OIC, visit

Citizenship Week Steering Committee Members
Angela Blanchard, President & CEO, Neighborhoods Centers, Inc.
Lee Brown, former Mayor of Houston; Brown Group International
Bill Flores, President, University of Houston Downtown
Charles C. Foster, Co-chairman, Foster & Quan
Sylvia Garcia, NALEO Board Member
Robert Ivany, President, University of St. Thomas
Renu Khator, Chancellor, University of Houston
Bob Lanier, former Mayor of Houston
Stan Marek, President & CEO, The Marek Family Companies
Laura Murillo, President & CEO, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Gordon Quan, former Houston City Council member; Co-Chairman, Foster & Quan
Judson W. Robinson, President & CEO, Houston Area Urban League
Dr. Mary Spangler, Chancellor, Houston Community College System
Harriet Wasserstrum, President, American Leadership Forum
George Donnelly, Managing Partner, Lilo Ventures; Center for Houston’s Future

Citizenship Week Community Partners
The Houston Arts Alliance, METRO, Houston Airport System The Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Neighborhood Centers Inc, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston Community College, Lone Star College-Kingwood, American Jewish Committee, Houston Public Library, NALEO Educational Fund, Office of International Communities, Foster Quan LLP, Marek Brothers, the Consular Ladies Club, The Houston Food Bank, Rice University, Taiwanese Heritage Society of Houston and many others.

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