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Border Policy Research Institute

Border Policy Research

The Border Policy Research Institute is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research to inform policy-makers on matters related to the Canada – U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest. 


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Canadian-American Studies with flags of both Canada and the United States

Center for Canadian-American Studies

The Center for Canadian-American Studies, in consortium with its counterpart at the University of Washington, is one of just two US Department of Education National Resource Centers for the Study of Canada. The Center offers comprehensive interdisciplinary majors and minors for undergraduates, fosters research on Canadian topics, organizes seminars and symposia on current Canada-U.S. public policy issues, sponsors events highlighting Canadian culture, and conducts the nationally recognized STUDY CANADA program for K-12 educators.

Offers B.A. in Canadian-American Studies and Canadian-American Studies Minor.


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Office of Sustainability

Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability is Western’s hub for campus sustainability. The “OS” is dedicated to helping WWU achieve its strategic goal of campus sustainability by integrating sustainability into operations, academics, research, and outreach. For example, the OS works with Western’s executive management and Sustainability Committee to identify campus sustainability goals and manages projects and programs to achieve those goals. They also work to integrate sustainability into WWU’s academics by facilitating faculty, staff, and students to research aspects of campus sustainability.


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The Ray Wolpow Institute

Ray Wolpow Institute

The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity was created to advance knowledge about the Holocaust and genocide, including ethnic and religious conflict, as well as attendant human rights abuses. Students engaged in studying the Holocaust, genocide, and crimes against humanity will be provided with the critical tools to analyze, understand, and differentiate their underlying complexities and to work towards their prevention.

Offers Holocaust and Genocide Studies Minor.


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Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership Studies

Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership Studies

As part of Western’s Leadership Advantage, the Morse Institute provides opportunities for students to learn about and develop their leadership potential through academic courses, professional speakers and a collaborative learning and leading experience. The Institute is committed to building leaders from all disciplines and interests. Their goal is to encourage students to recognize what leadership means to them and learn how to integrate leadership theory in their own leadership roles with the support of professionals and alumni.

Offers Leadership Studies Minor.


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WWU Institute for Global engagement

Institute for Global Engagement

The Institute for Global Engagement provides internationally-focused educational experiences that prepare students to be global citizens and supports faculty and staff who are engaged inter-culturally. IGE works with academic programs to integrate global perspectives into the curriculum and collaborates with international partners to connect with institutions and individuals in other parts of the world. IGE also advises students who participate in education abroad through faculty-led programs, service-learning or internship opportunities, study programs, and exchanges. In addition, the Institute provides visa and immigration services, as well as orientation and co-curricular activities, to Western’s international students and visiting scholars.

Offers International Studies Minor.


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Western Institute for Energy Studies

Institute for Energy Studies

The Institute for Energy Studies is a unique, multi-college collaboration between Huxley College of the Environment, the College of Science and Engineering, and the College of Business and Economics. IES exists to meet the demand for education and training related to human production and use of energy through interdisciplinary programs that combine the fields of science, technology and engineering with economics, business management, public policy, and sustainability.

Offers B.A. in Energy Policy and Management, Energy Science Minor, and Energy Policy Minor.


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Salish Sea Institute

Salish Sea Institute

The Salish Sea Institute is an interdisciplinary center for collaboration, education, research, and community involvement focused on the health of the Salish Sea and its environs – the body of water encompassing the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Salish Sea basin and the people who inhabit it have much to share with each other, and the Institute, as an intentionally collaborative effort, aims to bring these diverse groups together in multiple ways and across boundaries of all types to facilitate this sharing.

Offers Salish Sea Studies Minor.


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