The City of Galveston is thrilled to invite residents to participate in the Galveston University program. In the eight-week program, Galveston University participants will meet key staff members, tour facilities and learn about the various departments within the City.
The City created Galveston University in 2018 to offer an opportunity for people to learn more about the role of local government on the island and what it takes to provide services to the community and keep it thriving.
The eight-week program is a great opportunity for residents to get involved in local government and for staff to listen and receive input from the citizens we serve. The City is currently accepting applications for the fall program, which will take place on Wednesdays from September 14 to November 9, with one week off.
“Galveston University is a unique opportunity for residents to get involved in the civic process and I would encourage everyone to sign up for it,” Mayor Craig Brown said.
During the fall program, participants will get an in-depth view of how the City develops its budget and learn about the projects and progress underway across the island. Students will tour City properties and learn about how the City manages its parks and special events. Galveston University also includes a visit to the police department to learn about how the City keeps residents safe and builds relationships between officers and the community.
“We’re really proud to offer the Galveston University program,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “We want an engaged citizenry and we welcome every opportunity to listen and learn from our citizens. Throughout the nine-week course, Galveston University provides ample opportunities for staff to work closely with the people we serve.”
Sarah Moore Click, a Galveston resident and graduate of the inaugural Galveston University class, said the program should be a requirement for all residents.
“I have never been so proud to be a Galvestonian. The way all of the departments of our City work together is really impressive,” Moore Click said.
“If you have ever wondered why the City of Galveston is doing something a certain way, sign up for the class. The fact that all of the city staff members took the time out of their evenings to explain their jobs to us shows you just how much pride they all have in working for our community. Galveston University essentially puts you in a roundtable discussion type setting with all of the major decision makers, and they are genuinely interested in our feedback as citizens.”
To register for the fall program, please visit galvestontx.gov/galvestonuniversity and complete the online form.
There are typically 18 spots available for each class. While residency on the Island is not a requirement, those who do reside in Galveston will be given priority for the limited space in each session.
For more information, please contact Public Information Officer Marissa Barnett.