Institutes and Centers

Where communities, businesses and academics come together.

Here at SOLES, we seek to make an impact far beyond the classroom. This is why our Centers and Institutes are vital to SOLES' mission. They bring researchers, nonprofits, cause-minded corporations, educators and students to make an impact on people, communities and the environment.

These organizations' connection to our campus offers a valuable channel for our faculty and students to work and serve. We're proud to champion programs like the Climate Education Partners, which works to educate the community and its leaders about climate change—bringing the right people together to change the conversation about this critical issue. And through programs offered by our Global Center, students enrich their cross-cultural awareness and gain opportunities to learn in both international and domestic settings. Through all the organizations below, students, nonprofits and partners can pull together to make a lasting impact. Read on to learn how you can get involved through projects, partnerships and events.

People in church talking Catholic Institute for Mental Health Ministry

Informed by the Gospel of John, "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10); we seek to enable the Church be a healing presence to help people find wholeness and peace in the midst of mental health problems and illnesses.

Our method is to develop, provide and facilitate an effective and responsive network of trained mental health organizers and mental health ministry leaders in Dioceses and parishes throughout the United States.

students from the program Center for Restorative Justice Supporting Communities to Repair Harm and Rebuild Trust

Restorative justice focuses on the harm caused by misconduct or crime, enabling those affected to identify responses that best meet their needs. The Center for Restorative Justice promotes research, teaching, training, and technical assistance for restorative justice projects in higher education as well as K-12 schools, communities, and the criminal justice system.

group of students Character Education Resource Center Character • Leadership • Service

This center provides services and resources to schools, families, communities, K-12 educators, students, teacher educators, community agency leaders and others interested in educating the hearts and minds of children and youth.

students at the airport The Global Center Go beyond borders

This center supports SOLES graduate students' international and cross-cultural education. By planning global study courses and bringing international scholars to SOLES, the Global Center helps build our community's cultural intelligence and reinforces our commitment to positive global change.

a computer and a tablet The Jacobs Institute Reimagine educational opportunities

This nonprofit, university-based research center merges research and practice, partnering with school districts to close opportunity gaps and redesign the learning process. Learn about our Open Education Innovation Platform (OEIP) and Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab and RISE Urban Principal Preparation Program (RISE UPP) initiatives.

children playing at the Manchester Family Child Development Center The Manchester Family Child Development Center Where curiosity and collaboration meet

This center develops the unique capabilities in all young children, bridging family, school and community in a warm and inclusive environment. Learn what a difference the Manchester Family Child Development Center is making, and get involved.

students at NP summit in classroom setting The Nonprofit Institute Educating Leaders. Building Community. Engaging Philanthropy. Advancing Solutions.

Founded in 2002, The Nonprofit Institute is committed to providing education, training and research to build leaders and strengthen organizations that help meet critical community needs. Programs within The Nonprofit Institute include Conscious Leadership Academy, The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research and Environment Leadership Hub.

Teaching Conscious Leadership Academy The Conscious Leadership Academy ​Engaging deeply. Expanding capacity for leadership that matters The Conscious Leadership Academy offers programs to raise individual and collective leadership capacity. Focusing on helping people create and activate new possibilities for effective action, the CLA programs develop self-awareness, personal clarity, and the ability to understand and integrate individual, group, and community perspectives.