Centers & Institutes

Anthropological Studies Center

Anthropological Studies Center

The Anthropological Studies Center (ASC) at Sonoma State University (SSU) has been providing consulting services in Cultural Resource Management (CRM), heritage documentation, preservation planning, policy training, community engagement, public outreach, and interpretation since its founding in 1974.

Our clients include state and federal regulatory and management agencies, Native American and non-profit organizations, museums and historical associations, regional and municipal utilities, environmental and engineering firms, as well as developers and private individuals.

ASC offers a proven team, with exceptional experience, and the skills to provide high quality, timely, and comprehensive deliverables on even the most complex task orders. As part of the California State University system and the M.A. program in CRM at SSU, our commitment to training the next generation of CRM professionals ensures that we always seek to develop innovative approaches, appropriate solutions, and the most effective methods to achieve the regulatory and permitting objectives of our clients.

Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

The Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide is a non-profit academic institute housed in the School of Social Sciences at Sonoma State University. The Center was formally constituted in February 1987 for the purpose of providing education about the origins, nature and consequences of the Holocaust. In recent years, the Center has broadened and expanded its focus to include the study of issues surrounding other historical and modern genocides.

The primary activities of the Center have been weekly, public Holocaust Lectures throughout the Spring Semester each year; the development of Holocaust resource materials (publications, videotapes, etc.) for campus, school, and public use; and cooperative efforts with a community-based group, the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust, to provide Holocaust education in the SSU service area schools.

The Center promotes research on Holocaust themes and has also sponsored conferences, teacher training workshops, film series and author presentations. In collaboration with the Schulz Information Center, other regional libraries and the Holocaust Library in San Francisco, it endeavors to maintain and enhance the SSU Holocaust collection.

Climate Research Center

Climate Research Center

The Climate Research Center (CRC) conducts research on climate science phenomena like hurricanes, droughts and floods with a special focus on their connections with climate variability, climate change and ┬Ěhuman activities. The CRC promotes the application of statistical methods and geographic information systems (GIS) to address climate science problems in the Sonoma area or anywhere in the planet. The CRC aims to collaborate in multidisciplinary climate research with members of the SSU community, organizations or individuals in the Sonoma area or with researchers from other institutions in the country or the world. The CRC provides state-of-the-art computers and cutting-edge software to study and analyze a vast array of problems in climate science. Students working in the CRC can experience climate science in action and will gain essential research experience and data analysis skills.

Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Analysis (CIGA)

Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Analysis (CIGA)

CIGA seeks interdisciplinary collaboration among campus and external researchers, students and other organizations in projects that involve geographic information and spatial analysis at local to global scales. To accomplish these goals, CIGA provides: computer, software and data resources; Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote sensing expertise and consulting services; educational courses; and community outreach. Courses in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning provide a solid foundation in geospatial science. Students are given a unique opportunity to broaden and refine their education by working on real-world problems in CIGA research projects and service contracts.

Center for Sustainable Communities

Center for Sustainable Communities

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) works with cities and counties, special districts, and regional and state government agencies to develop planning policies and implementation strategies related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, planning for healthy communities, the relationship between land use and water resources, and other sustainability and resiliency topics. The CSC utilizes faculty, students, and "encore career" professionals (recently retired leaders from the environmental professions), providing mentoring and professional development opportunities for students and assistance to our government partners in addressing a wide array of environmental, economic, and social challenges.

Northwest Information Center

Northwest Information Center

The Northwest Information Center (NWIC) of the California Historical Resources Information System is one of nine information centers affiliated with the State of California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) in Sacramento. These Information Centers are non-profit organizations located at various universities, museums, and tribal organizations throughout the state of California. Each center serves a specific geographic area within the state. The NWIC service area includes 18 coastal, Bay Area, and inland counties, from the California-Oregon border in the north to Monterey in the south. This area comprises over 15% of the State of California.

The purpose of the center is to manage historical resources records, reports, and maps, supply historical resources information to the private and public sector and provide educational support and information about historical resources in California to the general public.