The Salish Sea Institute (SSI) at Western Washington University
The mission of the Salish Sea Institute is to foster responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea, inspiring and informing its protection for the benefit of current and future generations. The Institute promotes dialogue and partnerships among people, organizations and agencies throughout First Nations and tribal communities, Washington State, and British Columbia. It also serves as the administrative home of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference and hosts gatherings to cultivate collaborative governance and protection of the Salish Sea. In addition, SSI develops place-based curriculum, research and events for students to explore the environment, history and communities of the Salish Sea and fosters a sense of place and raises awareness of the value of the Salish Sea and the issues that threaten its health.
The Center for Economic and Business Research works in partnership with businesses, non-profits, government/quasi-governmental entities and tribal communities to respond to data and analysis needs. The Center brings students and faculty together with each client to find solutions that inform, engage and encourage innovation. Our work ranges from answering specific questions to creating the information platform that drives productive discussions. Our work includes a variety of analysis documents, presentations and facilitated discussions backed by both primary and secondary research that is supported by academic standards and best practices.
For more than twenty years, the Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada, formed by the University of Washington and Western Washington University, has been awarded Title VI support by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of its leading role as a center of excellence on Canada. Located near the Canadian border and animated by an expanding web of cross-border academic and business linkages, the NRC has developed strong specializations in trade, security, Arctic foreign policy, Indigenous self-determination, and environmental management.
Canadian Studies is one of eight Title VI Centers in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, where teams of renowned scholars conduct cutting-edge research on global issues. The NRC combines comprehensive undergraduate and K-16 outreach programs with exceptional graduate training and specialized research in many professional schools. As secretariat for the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium, the NRC also serves almost fifty colleges and universities in the region. The NRC mission is to increase the number of scholars, educators and professionals knowledgeable about Canada in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. The Center offers a major, minor and International Studies Track in Canadian Studies; an Associated Students program for undergraduates; Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships and a Professional Development Program for graduate students; an Affiliated Faculty program; and a K-12 Teacher Associate program. The Center also offers public programming to increase knowledge and understanding of Canada, the Canada-US relationship and Canada’s role in the world.
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 program 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. The BPRI formed out of the Center for Canadian-American Studies in 2005 and continues to sustain a close partnership.