Academic Centers & Institutes


Saint Mary’s renowned centers and institutes are important points of contact between the intellectual life of SMC and the outside world.


Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action
CILSA promotes a culture of service and social justice education consonant with Catholic social teaching and integrating the three traditions of the College: Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts.

Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action
The Cummins Institute seeks to deepen appreciation among all constituents of the campus community for the beauty, wisdom, vitality, and diversity of the Catholic tradition.

John F. Henning Institute
The Henning Institute is a center for the study of Catholic social thought, with special emphasis on the question of human work and its centrality to the common good.

Center for Writing Across the Curriculum
The Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (CWAC) is a free resource for all members of the Saint Mary's community. We serve students and faculty of all disciplines at any stage of the writing process.

School of Liberal Arts

Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism
The Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism addresses issues in the public square by engaging religiously diverse perspectives to work toward a more inclusive political culture and solutions to public policy issues.

The Institute for Latino and Latin American Studies

The Institute for Latino and Latin American Studies (ILaLS) promotes intellectual inquiry and collaborative efforts to raise awareness about issues related to Latin America and the U.S. Latino/a populations at Saint Mary's College and in its surrounding communities. 

School of Economics & Business Administration

Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business
The center fosters and supports the work of Saint Mary's faculty in the area of responsible business and provides opportunities for faculty, students and community partners to collaborate on research, outreach and engagement.

Center for the Regional Economy
The center brings together faculty, students, and alumni with business, governmental and nonprofit groups in the San Francisco East Bay, the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and the Asia-Pacific Region in support of an economy that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

Guyette Leadership Fellows
The Guyette Leadership Fellows program aims to develop the next generation of business leaders for a changing world. Leadership Fellows are selected by a competitive process, based on accomplishments and leadership potential.

Kalmanovitz School of Education

The Leadership Center
The Leadership Center provides a unique setting for developing valuable leadership skills and capacities in individuals and organizations facing complex public and private sector challenges.

The Center for Environmental Literacy
The Center for Environmental Literacy supports and advances interdisciplinary, place-based education for sustainable living.

Lasallian Educator Fellowship Program
Lasallian schools are established to provide a quality education for youth, with a preference for serving the poor. This program prepares educators for Lasallian schools in San Francisco.

Comprehensive Literacy Center
The Comprehensive Literacy Center provides initial and ongoing professional development for teacher leaders.

School of Science

The Marie Curie STEM CENTER