Texas A&M University


Texas A&M University
Texas Target Communities
Case Type
Program Stories
School Size
Greater than 40,000
Focus Areas
Democratic Governance, Economic and Social Inclusion, Environment Sustainability
Architecture, Emergency Planning, Land Use, Landscape Architecture, Marketing, Public Administration, Transportation

Texas Target Communities

Website | ttc.arch.tamu.edu

The Texas Target Communities program (TTC) is a high-impact service learning and community outreach program at Texas A&M University. TTC has assisted over 50 under-served communities across Texas, invested 12,000 hours of student and faculty expertise per community, and connected communities to resources for assessing and leveraging community assets. TTC’s goal and intent is to be community-focused, meeting communities where they are and instilling inclusive planning practices to engage communities within communities. Such participatory community processes have strengthened the social networks of our partners, enabled complex problem solving, and enhanced student learning in the classroom. TTC aims to facilitate the transformation of communities from high risk/low opportunity to equitable, resilient, and adaptive by mitigating threats to the economy, environment, and culture.

Fun Facts about Texas Target Communities

TTC is the community engagement arm of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (IfSC) at Texas A&M University (http://ifsc.tamu.edu/). IfSC is transforming interdisciplinary research, learning, and engagement by working alongside community-based organizations to tackle the toughest environmental justice issues in Houston and around the world. Because of the comprehensive plan developed by students, TTC helped the City of Nolanville obtain more than $1.5 million in federal and state grant funds. TTC’s inclusive plan-making approach resulted in the cities within Liberty County coming together for the first time to strategize development pressures from Houston and flooding. The county planning committee continues to meet and cities are now folding strategies into their own initiatives.

Year Program Established | 1993
Country | US
Federal Region of Program | 6

Public or Private Institution | Public
Number of students at institution | 66,000

Highlight Articles/Videos

Texas Target Communities Impact Report
Students, residents in Houston neighborhood to create plan combating polluted conditions by Richard Nira
Texas Target Communities helping communities plan for future
Judge: Future is right for Liberty County in 2017 by David Taylor

Jaimie shares about the amazing work by students participating in TTC

City Partners

2017 – 2018 | City of La Grange, TX
2017 – 2018 | City of Buffalo, TX
2017 – 2018 | Manchester/Harrisburg and Sunnyside/South Park Neighborhoods
2018 – 2019 | Hitchcock and Rockport Neighborhoods

See the full list of projects dating back to the 1980’s here.

Contact Info

Jaimie Masterson
Associate Director
(979) 458-1295

Jeewasmi Thapa
Program Coordinator
(979) 458-3121