Barbara Jordan Institute for Policy Research

The Barbara Jordan Institute for Policy Research (BJI) is a non-partisan and an unbias institution dedicated to research that focuses on finding solutions to the many public policy challenges facing urban communities at the local, regional, national and global scales of governance. By advancing civic engagement, building organizational capacity and raising awareness, our goal is to carry on the mission of scholarship and research while maintaining the vision of the late Barbara Jordan. The BJI exists to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and public policy development through service to public and private sector clients and its independent research agenda.

Mickey Leland Center on Hunger, Poverty and World Peace

The mission of the Mickey Leland Center on Hunger, Poverty and World Peace at Texas Southern University is to serve as a state and national resource for information on the problems of global hunger and peace. Most recently this mission has been expanded from The Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice, & Sustainability. The reconstituted center continues the work and adds several key variables that impacts our global community health, resilience, and overall security, this current refocus is in liner with the United Nations focus of global poverty. The new name embodies this expanded vision.

The Mickey Leland Archives

Texas Southern University is the largest research repository of the political documents and artifacts of the 18th Congressional District of Houston, Texas.

The Leland Center is the custodian of the Mickey Leland Archives and Papers. The Mickey Leland Archives are a collection of the late Congressman Leland’s files, photographs, articles, speeches, campaigns and memorabilia. Alison Leland the widow of the late Congressman, donated this collection to Texas Southern University in 1989. The Mickey Leland Archives provide a  search engine for researchers of the archival material currently documented and available ether via on line or by visitation once discovered via the online search tool.

The Leland Center exists to continue Mickey’s legacy by providing leadership development and training and by expanding opportunities for students to conduct research, analyze public policy, experience our city, state and nations’ legislative process first-hand, and participate in international studies and projects.

The Leland Center also serves as a conduit for University faculty to interact and interface with the community to create collaborative programs and forums that seek solutions to enduring critical problems concerning hunger, diversity, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peace.

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Forensic Science Learning Lab

The mission of the Forensic Science Learning Lab [FSLL] is to provide education and training for TSU students traditional and non-traditional to prepare them for careers in the field of forensic science, and to provide training opportunities for current practitioners in the field to expand and update their knowledge and skills. An aspect of the FSLL is it remote and long distance capabilities. The center is design keeps in mind the importance of connectivity.

The Forensic Science Learning Lab has a distinguished faculty with wide-ranging research interests including drug and alcohol pharmacology, alcohol congener analysis, DNA comparison and analysis, courtroom ethics, digital forensics and firearms analysis and comparison. Faculty research provides students with an opportunity to examine recent developments on these and other contemporary justice issues and challenges in both the classroom and the community.

Objectives of the Forensic Science Learning Lab

  • Prepare students to serve as skilled forensic scientists at the local, state, and national level and international levels.
  • To provide students with an understanding of legal and personal ethics.
  • To prepare students to actively participate in legal proceedings as expert witnesses.

The goal of the Learning Lab staff is to prepare individuals with facts, concepts, and ideas, which will provide the skills necessary to think critically and ethically in applying knowledge to related problems and challenging situations. The curriculum and associated programs of the Forensic Science Learning Lab are intended to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge related to successful careers in any of the several disciplines of the forensic sciences, including toxicology, friction ridge analysis, digital media forensics, and DNA analysis. The program also prepares individuals for continuing education in graduate school and law school.

Environmental Career Worker Training Program

The ECWTP is funded through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Since 2012, the program has been housed at the Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. The program here at Texas Southern University is part of a consortium which is led by the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University. The ECWTP recruits unemployed/underemployed women and men from Houston to attend a twelve weeks training program at Texas Southern University for career opportunities in the environmental or construction field. During the past four years, the program has trained 106 women and men. The program has a 92% job placement rate.

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Center for Justice Research

The Center for Justice Research is a nonpartisan research center devoted to data-driven solutions for an equitable criminal justice system. The primary focus is to produce innovative solutions to criminal justice reform efforts by utilizing an experienced group of researchers working to understand and address the current challenges of the criminal justice system.

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