The Piast Institute is a national research center devoted to Polish and Polish American affairs. It is also one of forty-eight United States Census Bureau Information Centers (CIC) and one of two located in Michigan.
The Piast Institute develops conferences, seminars, data publications, public programs, lectures, and exhibits that provide accurate information about Poland, Poles, and Polish Americans. It also has a special interest in the role of Ethnicity in American Life.
With its resources and its position as a Census Information Center, the Piast Institute acts as a data resource center helping Polish, Polish American and other business and community groups develop policy papers and historical, cultural, political, economic, social and demographic studies on a wide variety of topics. The Institute works to implement environmental and policy changes within its community.
The Institute’s mission and programming also aim to celebrate Polish contributions to America as well as world culture, and to address and counter inaccurate or defamatory information about Poland, Poles or Polish Americans.
The Institute was founded in 2003 by the late Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, a celebrated historian, writer and academic, and Mrs. Virginia Skrzyniarz, an accomplished executive serving non-profit organizations in various capacities for over thirty years.
Mrs. Skrzyniarz was appointed the CEO by the Piast Board of Directors in 2018.
For a list of services provided please see our Community Engagement page.