The mission of the Mickey Leland Center on Hunger, Poverty and World Peace at Texas Southern University is to serve as a state and national resource for information on the problems of global hunger and peace. Most recently this mission has been expanded from The Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice, & Sustainability. The reconstituted center continues the work and adds several key variables that impacts our global community health, resilience, and overall security, this current refocus is in liner with the United Nations focus of global poverty. The new name embodies this expanded vision.
In 1973, TSU was designated by the Texas state legislature as a ‘special purpose institution of higher education for urban programming.” The mission of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs (SPA) at Texas Southern University is to serve as an urban focused community of learning dedicated to educating professionals who will plan and administer environmental healthy and sustainable communities at the local, state, national and international levels of society.