This year's event features two exceptional honorees. Senator Judith Zaffirini will receive the Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award, and H-E-B will receive our inaugural Corporate Citizenship Award.
Founded in 2000, the Annette Strauss Institute focuses on educating, inspiring, and connecting the next generation of Texas civic leaders.
Collegiate and Young Professionals Served
Speak Up Speak Out Students Served
Given in 2022
Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award 2023 Recipient Dr. Roderick Hart
Founding Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, former Dean of the Moody College of Communication, and Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Roderick Hart is the recipient of the 2023 Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award.
Special Recognition of Blackridge Founder Rusty Kelley
Great Conversations 2023 featured a special recognition of Blackridge Founder, Rusty Kelley, for his long-time support of the Annette Strauss Institute and tireless dedication to civic engagement in Texas. The special recognition was introduced by Representative Yvonne Davis.
The Annette Strauss Institute works with the next generation of Texas civic leaders to:
- Hone their civic and political skills
- Inspire their careers by connecting them to Texas political and civic leaders who are making a difference
- Develop a network of diverse student leaders from across the state
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