The department explores the application of the Bahá’í teachings to various social issues. We look forward to offering university students some of our most popular Social Transformation courses on such subjects as Anti-black Racism in the U.S., Social Change: A Bahá’í Perspective, and Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
* Engage in state of the art thinking about social issues from physical sciences, social sciences and spiritual writings
* Gain an appreciation for the intimate connection between local and global challenges
* Relate the inherent interconnectivity of social issues through systems thinking to their personal and local contexts
* Engage in our twofold moral purpose – a reciprocal process of personal and collective transformation
* Critically examine root causes for issues and explore lasting solutions
* Engage in a process of study, consultation, action and reflection to address interconnected social issues
* Develop an attitude of learning with and from others through genuine dialog
* Identify effective means to contribute to the unfolding public discourse conducive to human prosperity.
* Engage effectively in social action that enables people to become protagonists of their own personal and collective development
(This list was approved in June 2022 and is gradually being applied to our extension courses. Not all outcomes will apply to all courses.)
The Wilmette Institute is launching two certificate programs in January 2023, and the Institute is seeking students to take them.
At the close of this calendar year, Dr. Stockman will step down as its Director, and continue to serve on the executive committee with Mr. Jeff Albert, Director of Education and Schools at the Bahá’í National Center, and Dr. Chitra Golestani, Associate Director of the Institute.
We are dependent on tuition payments, generous donations from the Bahá'í community, and volunteer assistance from our many contributors, students, and friends.