A&S Centers and Institutes

Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research

The mission of the Anne Braden Institute is to bridge the gap between academic research and community activism for social justice. To do so, we stimulate and support interdisciplinary scholarship on social movements, citizen participation, public policy reforms, and social, racial, gender and economic justice.

Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships

The mission of the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships is to enhance learning and research opportunities for the University of Louisville faculty, staff and students through the programs and resources of its arts and culture partners. In turn, the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships will facilitate access to the university's intellectual capital and faculty, staff and student energies for the betterment of our partner institutions and the communities we serve.

Center for Asian Democracy

The mission of the Center for Asian Democracy is to promote research and teaching about democracy and the prospects for democratization in Central, South, Southeast and East Asia. Through publications, conferences, workshops, visiting scholars programs, colloquia, and research projects in Asian countries, the Center creates a forum for studying political dynamics in this vital region. The Center for Asian Democracy is administered by the Institute for Democracy and Development, within the University of Louisville’s Department of Political Science. The Center is funded by a $5 million appropriation from the Federal Governement and a $1 million match from the University of Louisville. The Center currently has about 20 full time Faculty Affiliates from different disciplinary backgrounds.

Center for Geographic Information Systems

The University of Louisville Center for Geographic Information Systems (ULCGIS) was established in 1996, and is located on Belknap Campus in Lutz Hall. As an integral part of the Department of Geography and Geosciences, the facilities of the ULCGIS are available to faculty, students and staff, and are used to assist other university departments in research and mapping. The Center offers training, software, data sources and other services.

Center for Mental Health Disparities

The mission of the Center for Mental Health Disparities is to promote mental health and wellness in historically under-served families within the community through behavioral science, education, and service. Through multidisciplinary faculty collaborations, the CMHD will engage in empirical rigor, community and university service, and dissemination of findings that subsequently lead to development of culturally sensitive therapies (CSTs). The CMHD will promote research, teaching, and training to the citizens within the community faculty, staff, and students at the University of Louisville for our increasingly diverse society.

Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics

The Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics (CREAM) will develop cutting-edge methodologies and approaches for the emerging metabolomic and system biochemical research. This area of research has the promise of revolutionizing biological research in the 21st century for the ability to resolve biological complexity. Thus, metabolomic development will find applications in a broad array of pressing societal problems ranging from human health, biotechnology, to environmental pollution and ecosystem health.

Center on Race and Inequality

The mission of CRI is to promote research and teaching to the community of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Louisville as well as community members and officials who construct and pass public policy on issues related to crime among black populations. Through singular and collaborative efforts, CRI exists to cultivate new perspectives and public policy initiatives which seek correctives to the issues chosen for exploration. The goals of CRI reflect those promoted by the University of Louisville and the College of Arts and Sciences of enhancing research and scholarly activities with the aim of achieving national prominence, promoting intercultural understanding, and cultivating real-world change in ever-evolving communities.

Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society

The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society is charged with enhancing humanistic scholarship, research, creative activity, teaching, and public awareness at the University of Louisville, in the Louisville metropolitan area and, in collaboration with other universities, colleges, and humanities organizations, throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Cressman Center for Visual Arts

A new downtown center houses the university's glass and sculpture programs thanks to a $1 million commitment by retired physicians and art collectors Elizabeth and Frederick Cressman to launch the center. The 12,000-square-foot Cressman Center for Visual Arts is located at First and Main streets. The center features a creative laboratory approach to three-dimensional art in glass (hotshop and coldworking), wood and metal and offers exhibition galleries and a seminar room. Street-level windows allow the public to watch artists work.

Hite Art Institute

The mission of the Hite Art Institute is to remain in the forefront of the art world, to inspire critical thinking, promote a diversity of perspectives, and engage in the most current scholarship in art history, theory, studio art, and curatorial practices.

The Hite Endowment has allowed the department to continue to excel by providing support for academic programs, library acquisitions, student scholarships, faculty and student research, visiting artists and scholars, and exhibitions.

Institute for Intercultural Communication

The mission of the Institute for Intercultural Communication is to promote the study of intercultural communication as it pertains to the 21st Century.  The institute publishes an online journal, online monographs, and online textbooks, and is the host site for the International Association for IAiCS, The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies.

National Crime Prevention Institute

The National Crime Prevention Institute, which is a division of the Department of Justice Administration, focuses on prevention through education by offering a series of workshops and programs designed for local and state police, campus safety officials, school administrators, juvenile justice personnel, architects and structural engineers, and municipal planners. Topics include intervention strategies, preventing workplace violence, terrorism, environmental design and grant writing. The Institute also offers a campus security certification program.

Southern Police Institute

The Southern Police Institute, which is a division of the Department of Justice Administration, is an advanced education and training institute with the mission to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners. The Institute accomplishes this mission by providing educational and career development programs that are designed to challenge and to prepare law enforcement practitioners for the demands of today and tomorrow. The Southern Police Institute consistently is ranked among the top law enforcement educational and training schools in the nation. Since the creation of the Southern Police Institute in 1951, its program of instruction has been grounded in the belief that law enforcement is a demanding activity requiring the highest level of professional preparation.

Urban Studies Institute

The Urban Studies Institute is an applied social policy and economic research center serving the Louisville metropolitan area and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Faculty and students in Urban and Public Affairs work closely with USI staff and maintain offices in the USI facility.

Six research centers are housed within USI:

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers one-on-one consultation, workshops and other services to assist students in enhancing their written communication skills. The Center, which is a part of the English Department, is located in Ekstrom Library and is open to all UofL students. Through the Writing Centers Research Project at the University of Louisville, the Center also conducts and supports research on writing center theory and practice and maintains a research repository of historical, empirical, and scholarly materials related to Writing Center Studies.