An institute is a place of study, reflection, analysis and education. Each institute is known for a distinctive knowledge base resulting from the work of the institute’s team of experts. They engage in an active search for answers that are relevant, forward thinking and cutting edge. Members of various academic departments and disciplines join these experts with the intent to address the identified complex problem(s). There is also active collaboration with visiting scholars, thinkers, educators and students.
The focus of the institute – with its core interdisciplinary themes – is achieved by conducting and collaborating on research; delivering academic coursework/program; and disseminating learnings with various publics.
In March 2011, then Goshen College President Jim Brenneman established and launched the first institutes at the college. They are:
- Institute for Ecological Regeneration, under the umbrella of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
- Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism
Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions
Launched in the fall of 2016 by a gift from Ray Martin, the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS) is a collaborative initiative of Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College and Mennonite Central Committee to lead Anabaptist efforts to respond to the challenges of climate change. In order to establish a mission-focused, data-driven foundation for the center’s work, initial activities are focused on broad-based research and strategic planning.