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  • Our History

    In 1980, the family of long-time public servant Arthur Levitt established the center in his honor.

    Levitt Center 40th Anniversary
  • Research Opportunities

    Students and faculty can apply for research funding.

    Levitt winter research 20-21
  • Events

    View the schedule of upcoming events and workshops.

    SHECP Internship

    Students integrate classroom study of poverty with internships and co-curricular activities.

At the Levitt Center, students combine academic knowledge with practical skills as they engage in public affairs through research, service-learning, lectures, discussion, and practice. Learn more about our programs and how they will help you develop the important qualities of a “changemaker” — creativity, understanding, self-awareness, and empathy.

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Levitt research grants provide funding for students and faculty to conduct collaborative research. 

Social Innovation

Our social innovation initiatives introduce students to the ideation and creative problem-solving processes, and they nurture creative solutions to social problems with financial and mentoring support.

Transformational Leadership

Our transformational leadership programming works to develop self-awareness as a tool to confront challenges. It nurtures transformational leaders who follow ethical principles, inspire others and use creativity and innovation to implement change.


Our community-engaged learning opportunities help students understand the needs and circumstances of others and to work ethically with them.

Sample Projects

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New World Nature and Diversity Loss

Assistant Professor of History Mackenzie Cooley worked with a team of students to produce new online tools and databases that will be of potential value to scholars everywhere.

Strangers in a Strange Land

Strangers in a Strange Land

Associate Professor of Art Robert Knight examines the indefinite detention of asylum seekers in the UK.

Ravena Pernanand ’21 Rachel Pike ’21, Abigail Roller ’21.

Addressing Climate Change at the Local Level

Ravena Pernanand ’21, Rachel Pike ’21, and Abigail Roller ’21, advised by environmental studies prof. Aaron Strong, worked with local townships on climate issues.

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Survey of Russian Elites

Government professors Sharon Rivera and Erica DeBruin worked with Max Gersch ’23, Alex Nemeth ’22, Jenny Tran ’22, and Muhammad Umer ’21.


Office / Department Name

Levitt Center

Contact Name

Christina Willemsen

Administrative Director

Office Location
Kirner-Johnson 251

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