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The mission of the Boniuk Institute is to understand and promote religious tolerance by using innovative methods to:

  • Provide models for national and international education
  • Deliver educational programming to Rice University students and the Houston community at large
  • Spearhead engagement efforts that foster a dialogue within the Houston community and on a national and global level
  • Conduct multidisciplinary, academically rigorous research

The Institute aims to serve as a pre-eminent academic organization that reaches beyond the Rice campus to have an impact locally, nationally, and globally.

As a part of Rice University, and in line with its mission, the Institute neither engages in partisan politics nor serves as a rapid response entity.