Meet the CSR


The Calvin University Center for Social Research (CSR) was created by the Calvin Department of Sociology in 1970 in response to increasing numbers of faculty requests for research assistance. Since then, the CSR has grown into an independent center, supporting all of the social science departments of Calvin University as well as the broader community. Throughout its history, CSR's top priorities have been to promote excellence in research, both on campus and in the community.

Calvin University Mission

As a Center of Calvin University, CSR shares in the college mission:

Calvin University equips students
to think deeply,
to act justly,
and to live wholeheartedly
as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.

Our Mission

The Calvin University Center for Social Research collaborates with campus and community partners to support evidence-based decisions through innovative social-scientific research.

Our Vision

CSR aims to be a valued learning partner for academic, public-sector, nonprofit, religious, and business organizations seeking wisdom-driven social research and development.

Our Values

While seeking to exemplify technical and methodological excellence, we strive to be welcoming, inclusive, diverse, anti-racist, and affirming. Our partners thrive and our best work is done when we embody these values.