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Centers & Institutes at WSU

Worcester State University sponsors a number of centers and institutes designed to enrich and serve both the campus community and the greater community of central Massachusetts. For further information, click on the appropriate link below.

The Center for Business and Industry provides training to public and private sector organizations tailored to their individual needs.

The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement coordinates service learning-based course offerings and develops partnerships with community agencies.

The Center for Effective Instruction provides professional development to teaching professionals throughout Massachusetts.

The Center for Global Studies supports media use, promotes intercultural competence and studies global media.

The Center for Community Media at Worcester State University seeks to empower students to apply their knowledge of media literacy, intercultural communication, and multimedia production skills learned within the Communication Department to the greater Worcester area.

The Center for Health Professions addresses a variety of health care market issues for the region.


The Center for Online Learning serves both matriculated and non-matriculated students looking for the convenience of an online course.


The Center for Social Innovation seeks to create a culture of social innovation to address deep-rooted social problems and create pathways for future leaders to unleash this emergent force and passion to solve entrenched social problems in innovative ways.


The Center for the Study of Human Rights strives to incorporate human rights issues into the University curriculum and serves as the umbrella organization for the WSU student chapter of Amnesty International. Over the years, the Center has hosted many prominent speakers, including Shirley Chisholm, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eli Wiesel, Joshua Rubenstein, Congressman James P. McGovern, and Steven Keenan ’63. The Center maintains the Dennis Brutus Collection and makes materials available to researchers.


The Center for Teaching and Learning supports, promotes, and enhances the quality of teaching and student learning through a broad range of programs, services and resources.


The Intensive English Language Institute provides English training to immigrants and the international population.


The Intergenerational Urban Institute connects students of all generations with members of the community.


The Latino Education Institute provides services and support for the Worcester community to enhance educational achievement of Latino students.

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