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Institutes & Centers

Advancing Community Engagement and Service (ACES) Institute 

The Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute strives to enhance real-world learning experiences for students while addressing community needs. The ACES Institute provides support and resources to faculty and staff to promote well-designed service learning opportunities to help students become the change agents of tomorrow. In addition, the Institute will conduct regular research and evaluation as part of its commitment to implementing evidence-based programs that will fulfill the educational and health needs of the community.

Faculty and Staff
Schwartz, Dr. Jonathan: Co-Executive Director, Professor & Associate Dean
McClellan, Dr. Anne: Co-Executive Director & Professor
Fard, Sarah: Program Director

All Kids Alliance (AKA)

All Kids Alliance is dedicated to building “systems” that will improve education for our children and youth. We are the “hub” in a “hub-and-spokes” organization. Our “spokes” are regional partners around Greater Houston that use our framework to plan and execute improvement strategies. We build capacity around the elements of the framework one region at a time across Greater Houston. It starts with convening a multi-stakeholder leadership group that targets points of urgency to begin working for academic improvement for its children.

Faculty and Staff
Wimpelberg, Dr. Robert K.: Professor Emeritus and Executive Director
Frieden, Dr. Sandy, Consultant for Continuous Improvement
Diaz, Jessica, Consultant for Community and Partnership Engagement

Asian American Studies Center

The AASC is an interdisciplinary academic center, dedicated to the study of Asian and Asian Americans in the United States and abroad. It explores either/or social, historical, educational, economic, political and linguistic characteristics and development of Asian American Culture. Its mission is to generate knowledge, increase awareness and foster appreciation of the Asian and Asian American experience in the United States and abroad, and to provide faculty, students and community members with rich opportunities to learn about Asian and Asian American cultures.

Faculty and Staff
Zou, Dr. Yali: Professor & Director 
Gonzales, Elizabeth: Executive Secretary

Education Research Center

The Education Research Center at UH is one of only three such centers in Texas. The center analyzes pre-K-12, higher education and workforce data from the state to determine best practices and inform public policy.

Faculty
Horn, Dr. Cathy: Director

HEALTH Research Institute

The HEALTH — Helping Everyone Achieve a LifeTime of Health —
Research Institute leverages an interdisciplinary group of researchers at UH to advance science capable of meeting the health needs of the Houston community and beyond. More specifically, the institute’s primary mission is to conduct cutting-edge research that informs novel prevention and intervention strategies that mitigate a broad range of health disparities.

Faculty
Obasi, Dr. Ezemenari: Director 
Reitzel, Dr. Lorraine: Co-director

Houston Area Teacher Center (HATC)

The Houston Area Teacher Center (HATC) is a consortium of over 30 Houston-area school systems with the University of Houston and its College of Education. HATC is the oldest and largest teacher center in the nation, initiated in 1970. The Center is a forum for the College and area school systems to work through issues of common concern such as teacher supply and demand, job placement, and protocols for the placement of student teachers and professional development schools.

Faculty
Thompson, Dr. Amber: Clinical Assistant Professor & Director

Institute for Educational Policy Research and Evaluation (IEPRE)

The Institute for Education Policy Research and Evaluation (IEPRE) at the University of Houston’s College of Education is a group of scholars and educational decision makers focused on improving P-20 education. IEPRE engages in evaluation of P-20 educational policy initiatives and translates research into evidence-based practice for decision makers, paying particular attention to the needs of historically underserved populations.  Through its research, policy evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based practice, IEPRE hopes to improve educational quality and student success from preschool through college.

Faculty
Horn, Dr. Cathy: Professor & Director

Institute for Urban Education

The Institute for Urban Education works to link the community with vital urban education initiatives. Through a variety of forums, The Institute provides research, instruction, and services to improve education in urban areas and foster collaborative educational efforts.

Faculty
Hawkins, Dr. Jacqueline: Associate Professor and Director