Meet the CSR


The Calvin College 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 College 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.

Our Mission

The Calvin College 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.