The proposed mission of the Center is to support the creation, preservation, and transmission of knowledge and understanding about the people, history, culture, institutions, and environment of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast. Through an interdisciplinary, multi-cultural approach to teaching, scholarship, service, and community outreach, with a core initiative of Energy, the Center is dedicated to engaging, enriching, and transforming the communities of this region.
The geographic reach of the Center is broadly conceived, crossing county and state boundaries. It includes the 29 counties of Southeast Texas that are a part of the coastal area of the Gulf of Mexico and most of the Texas portion of the Intracoastal Waterways, as well as the pine forests of the Big Thicket. The Upper Gulf Coast includes the coastal regions of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.