Wheaton magazine

Volume 22 // Issue 3
Wheaton magazine // Autumn 2019
News And Profiles
Centers and Institutes
Illustration by Carl Weins

Updates from Wheaton's Academic Centers and Institutes

Center for Urban Engagement

Director: Dr. Noah Toly ’99, M.A. ’12, professor of urban studies, politics & international relations

The Center for Urban Engagement prepared its first cohort of Aequitas Fellows for various internships throughout the United States and welcomed a second cohort of Aequitas Fellows for the Urban Track of Passage to start their experience at Wheaton. Wheaton in Chicago completed a successful first year in the Woodlawn neighborhood after its relocation last year. The year included student fi eld experience trips to Los Angeles and to the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference in Chicago. During the spring semester, CUE lectures by Natalie Y. Moore, WBEZ’s South Side reporter, and Michael Emerson, provost of North Park University and specialist in city development and sustainability, were especially well-attended. Wheaton in Chicago 2019-20 students and faculty will travel to the annual CCDA conference in Dallas, Texas, in October. CUE looks forward to lectures by nonfiction author Carlo Rotella, human rights activist Jamie Kalven, urban sociologist Junia Howell ’10, and scholar of social welfare Reuben Miller. The Advisory Board (formerly Community Engagement Council) has expanded to 15 members, representing various specialties and professions.


Center for Faith and Innovation

Co-directors: Dr. Hannah Stolze, associate professor of marketing, and Dr. Keith Johnson, associate professor of theology

Opus: The Art of Work was relaunched last spring as the Center for Faith and Innovation. The Center is dedicated to helping Christians apply their faith to their vocational callings, whether they be in for-profit, nonprofit, or ministry settings. CFI is pursuing a new, outward-facing vision, developing resources for use in the workplace, and conducting and disseminating research that draws deeper connections between the Christian liberal arts, vocation, theology, and innovation. These interdisciplinary resources will offer integrative best practices to address social and marketplace problems. This fall, CFI launches the Fall Leaders Forum, which will draw business and ministry leaders into conversation with faculty, generating insights with practical implications through an academically informed process. CFI will co-host Calvin College Professor of Philosophy Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Baylor University Distinguished Professor of Humanities Alan Jacobs, and president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective Jemar Tisby, as guest speakers for a chapel series this October.


“Our centers and institutes deepen Wheaton’s commitment to be at the forefront of evangelical thought and action by producing interdisciplinary scholarship and by hosting academic and ministry conferences, events, and lectures.”
Dr. Margaret Duplissis Diddams '83, Provost

About Wheaton College's Centers and Institutes

Wheaton’s academic centers enrich student education by providing significant experiences beyond the classroom, while also supporting and inspiring faculty to pursue areas of expertise and interest. These centers and institutes attract top scholars, invest in outreach and service to the world, and provide resources in the areas of scholarship, spiritual development and evangelism, and practical assistance.

Billy Graham Center
is a world hub of inspiration & training for mission and evangelism.

Center for Applied Christian Ethics
promotes and encourages the formation of moral character and the application of biblical ethics to contemporary moral decisions.

Center for Urban Engagement
promotes just, sustainable, and flourishing urban communities through the academic study of cities and transformational experiences of urban life.

HoneyRock Center for Leadership Development
fosters the development of whole and effective people through transformational outdoor experiences.

Humanitarian Disaster Institute
uses research to create resources and events that help the church prepare and care for a disaster-filled world.

Institute for Cross-Cultural Training
uses online and on-campus courses, workshops, and resources to provide help for those who work with language and culture learners.

Marion E. Wade Center
promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources related to seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams.

Center for Faith and Innovation
helps Christians pursue their work in the marketplace as an act of discipleship to Jesus Christ.

Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics
trains people in market economies, representative democracies, limited government, and the redeeming effect of the Christian worldview on the practice of business, government, and politics.