Welcome to SCRI

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The mission of the Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives (SCRI) is to improve the socioeconomic well-being of citizens in rural communities within a ten-parish region of Southwest Louisiana.  The Center performs functions consistent with the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center’s (SUAREC) mission to conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information to the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic, and cultural needs.


Specifically, the Center will provide leadership that assures focused, applied rural development research and community outreach; increase awareness and understanding of rural development conditions, issues, strategies, and policies; and, disseminate information to rural community stakeholders and policy-makers necessitating public policy decision-making.


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