Toward Global Understanding

CINSER encourages you to participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month! For more information, please visit here

Learn a critical foreign language, Kiswahili or Arabic, as a participant in the SIS program and have a chance to participate in an all-expenses paid study abroad cultural immersion experience in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or Amman, Jordan in summer 2018.  For details, contact

Welcome to CINSER


What is CINSER?

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In 2014, Chicago State University (CSU) was awarded a grant to establish an Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence ( IC-CAE).  CSU’s IC CAE is housed in the Center for Information & Security Education and Research (CINSER).  CINSER is the only IC-CAE in Illinois and Great Lakes Region and it is established to offer educational programs and to perform research activities in the area of security and intelligence.


  • Goal One: Establish Chicago State University’s Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE)  in Intelligence and Security Education and Research 
  • Goal Two: Develop undergraduate and  graduate programs  (minor, certificate, bachelor's and masters') in Security and Intelligence Studies
  • Goal Three: Graduate students with proficiency in strategic languages such Arabic, Hausa, or Kiswahili
  • Goal Four: Conduct annual series of conferences, colloquia, seminars and workshops with higher education, government, and industry partners in the region to foster IC-CAE faculty development, student enrichment, and a security culture among the public
  • Goal Five: Conduct multidisciplinary research to investigate threats, risks, safety, security, and individual privacy among diverse communities in the Chicago region.

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  • CINSER is featured in Impariamo, IC CAE's newsletter, on page 9 Impariamo

  • Defense Intelligence Agency Hiring Event. Application period is from May 15-26 2017.You must sign up here in order to participate.

  • CINSER student, Frederick Williams, was named as a 2016-2017 Illinois Technology Foundation Fifty for the Future Award recipient See press release here

  • Sign up now to get VIP access to the Intelligence Community Virtual Intelligence Fairs for 2017 and 2018.Register here

Declare the Security and Intelligence Studies Minor

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Faculty Research and Innovation Grants 2017-2018

CINSER supports research from all disciplines that advances knowledge and provides insight and solutions to the safety, security and intelligence issues that affect our campus, city, region, nation and world.   In the 2017-2018 academic year, CINSER is offering support for faculty research related to its mission.  For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, the maximum application request is capped at $2,000.  Please submit an application, proposal and budget to by Nov. 1, 2017.


Grant Announcement here

Grant Application here

Grant Budget Template here

Evaluation Rubric here


Meet Project Manager

Ms. Danielle Barefield, Project Manager