Mickey Leland Center

on Hunger, Poverty and World Peace

mickey-leland-center 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.

In 1973, TSU was designated by the Texas state legislature as a ‘special purpose institution of higher education for urban programming.” The mission of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Texas Southern University is to serve as an urban focused community of learning dedicated to educating professionals who will plan and administer environmental healthy and sustainable communities at the local, state, national and international levels of society.


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.