Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies

Founded in 1993, the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) is a national non-profit health organization domiciled in New Orleans. Many people of color and their families in the Greater New Orleans area do not have access to programs that address their full mental, emotional and physical health. This prevents people in our city from living fully healthy lives and weakens our communities. Because of this, IWES works with communities, schools, individuals, and organizations to provide tailored health and wellness services that address this lack of health options and access. We combine advocacy, health education, research, and direct services to improve wellness in local communities. Ultimately, when New Orleans is a city that puts health first, our people live happier, more resilient lives and our communities will be stronger!

IWES has several connections to UNO.  We have relationships with the Career Development Office and often provide open positions within our organization.  Currently, we have 4 staff persons who have graduated from UNO.  We are always interested in forming partnerships and collaborations to better serve the people of New Orleans.