Student Legislative Trip

Grow in Leadership & Active Citizenship

SHSU Student Legislative Trip to the Texas Legislature at the Capitol in Austin, TX




About the Program

The Center for Leadership & Service will select a delegation of undergraduate and graduate students to represent Sam Houston State University in a visit to the Texas State Capitol in Austin. During this experience, students will personally interact with state representatives, state senators, and other high ranking government officials. Students will also observe and attend state committee meetings and see the inner workings of the senate and legislature in session. Selected participants will meet with the Center for Leadership & Service before the trip to learn about the Texas State Legislature, and to enhance communication, professional, and leadership skills necessary for this experience.

Transportation, meals, and lodging will be provided by the Center for Leadership and Service. Applicants are encouraged to discuss possible class absences with their professors before applying for this opportunity. Letters of Excuse from classes will be written as necessary, but the decision to excuse an absence is up to individual professors. Departure for the trip will be on Monday, March 4th at 2:00 PM from SHSU; returning back to SHSU on Tuesday, March 5th by 9:00 PM.


  • CLICK HERE for an application, fill it out, and return it with your typed statement
      • Why are you interested in serving as a delegate for this trip?
      • How will you implement what you learn from this experience when you return to SHSU?
      • Describe your involvement in extracurricular and/or community activities.
  • If selected to participate, applicants will be notified via email on Thursday, February 21st by 5:00 PM


  • Quality of personal statement
  • Commitment to sharing experience with the university community upon return
  • Intention to make meaningful educational strides in personal communication, professional and leadership areas


  • Attend mandatory Delegation meetings:
    • Friday, February 22, 3:30-4:30 PM
    • Friday, March 1, 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Abide by expectations set forth by SHSU and the Center for Leadership & Service
  • Once selected and confirmed, delegates are responsible for following through with their commitment. If a delegate should fail to attend mandatory delegation meetings and/or the trip, they may be subject to reimbursing the Center for Leadership & Service for the cost of the trip.