The Gülen Institute at the University of Houston
The Gulen Institute was established in October 2007 as a non-profit organization and a joint initiative of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the Institute of Interfaith Dialog.
The main goal of the institute is to promote academic research as well as grass roots activity toward bringing about positive social change, namely the establishment of stable peace, social justice, and social harmony by focusing on the themes of education, volunteerism and civic initiatives. While we acknowledge the very important role of government policies and funding, we believe that any lasting solution to any fundamental problem of humanity has to involve the civic initiative and has to include the education component. We also believe that bringing people of diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds together around shared values, hopes and concerns of humanity is a crucial asset. We envision a world community in which the achievements of human civilization in terms of human relationships equal or surpass the achievements in science and technology.
Members of the world’s diverse communities find themselves increasingly interdependent. In this interconnected world, just as information and solutions spread faster, so do misinformation and conflicts. Our vision is to put the advanced means of communication, media and mobility in the service of social harmony. We aim to advance mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation amongst people from diverse backgrounds, and thus serve all humanity, without discrimination.
Toward these goals, the institute organizes academic and public events, such as symposia, conferences, luncheon forums and seminars, publishes scientific and popular works, provides student scholarships, faculty research grants, supports visiting scholar programs, and cultural exchange trips.
Among the values we share and promote are empathy, hope, love of humanity, compassion, altruism, honesty, dignity, trustworthiness, integrity, peaceful coexistence, social justice and harmony, elimination of violent conflicts and human suffering, prevention of substance abuse, saving youth from self-destruction and protection of the earth’s resources and habitats.
The perspectives of the institute are inspired by the life and works of the distinguished contemporary scholar and civic leader Fethullah Gulen.
You may visit Gulen Instiute’s web site.