The School of Human Ecology hosts a collective of centers. Annually, the centers generate millions of dollars in extramural research awards while playing an integral role in graduate education and outreach.
Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies
Guided by the theme “Inquiry and Action for Social Change,” the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, or CommNS, is a hub for faculty, students, professionals, and community partners to collaborate on research and practice that affects the well-being of communities as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors. The Center builds capacity and knowledge in community and nonprofit studies through the integration of action and applies research, education, outreach, and engagement.
Center for Design & Material Culture
The Center for Design and Material Culture promotes learning, exploration, outreach, and community engagement related to design and material culture through stewardship and administration. Using designed objects as primary sources for research and exhibitions, we invite faculty, students and the community-at-large to explore art, design, and the built environment within the context of society and the natural environment.
Center for Financial Security
Supporting applied research on household finance and financial capability, the Center for Financial Security (CFS) examines the role that specific programs, policies, and products can play in helping individuals navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace. CFS faculty and staff have extensive experience in program development, evaluation, and applied research in partnership with organizations ranging from community-based nonprofits to large public agencies.
Kohl's Center for Retailing
The Kohl’s Center for Retailing strives to nurture a synergistic relationship between the retail industry, their partners, and the world-class faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This relationship is to be built on the highest ethical standards and dedicated to improving the lives of consumers, productivity of the industry, and elevating the status of retail by fueling innovation and competition in the market place.