About Us

About Us

About the West Houston Institute

West Houston Institute logoThe West Houston Institute is Houston Community College's hub for strategic innovation. Conceived collaboratively by faculty and staff across the institution and by our local community, the Institute opened in Spring 2018 with a vision to reimagine and reinvent higher education by providing students and the community with the essential mindsets and skillsets needed to thrive today.

The West Houston Institute offers several signature programs to accomplish this, including IDEAS Academy, Innovation Fellows, Teaching Innovation Lab, and our Learning Spaces Institute. We also offer unique educational spaces in support of creativity and collaboration including IDEAStudio, a 10,000 square foot makerspace, the Collaboratorium, a solution design center, Learning Commons, our vision for the modern library, and advanced science labs and research space for life and physical sciences. WHI also has a state of the art conference space utilized by both internal and external clients throughout the year.

Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision:  The Reimagination and reinvention of higher education; Mission:  The West Houston Institute is a state-of-the-art center of innovation committed to empowering our students and communities to succeed in a changing global society through the development of essential mindsets and skillsets; Values:  Collaborations + Intersections, Creativity + Innovation, Knowledge + Praxis

Our Team

Jordan Carswell

Interim Director, West Houston Institute
Program Director, IDEAStudio & IDEAS Academy

Laura Williamson, PhD

Program Director, Collaboratorium
& Teaching Innovation Lab

John Swan, PhD

Program Coordinator, West Houston Institute

Israel Garza

Manager, IDEAStudio

Bianca Bermudez

Makerspace Technician, IDEAStudio

Jeffrey Chen

Makerspace Technician, IDEAStudio




West Houston Institute

2811 Hayes Road, Houston, TX 77082