- To distinguish CHUE from other humanities centers at institutions of higher learning around the country by emphasizing the unique perspectives on the Humanities derived from partnerships between the community and the university.
- To enhance on the FIU campus opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty to develop their understanding of diverse aspects of the Humanities.
- To encourage across the South Florida community a deep awareness of the impact of the Humanities on metropolitan life and a greater participation in events that foster that awareness.
- To create venues for academic and urban leaders to participate in the free and frequent exchange of ideas and concerns relating to the Humanities
- To facilitate between other national and international centers initiatives fostering the appreciation of the Humanities that emphasize the integration of academic and metropolitan perspectives.