Our Mission

Emerald Hills Institute builds an inclusive community through active conversations among different faiths, cultures, and world views. Our differences are opportunities for connection, and we find compassionate ways to support each other through the channels of art, culture, humanities, education, and stewardship.


Our Vision

Emerald Hills Institute supports the sharing of ideas – but true change happens in partnership with action. Our vision is to enable the actions of service to others whenever possible as it leads to supporting, strengthening, and nurturing our shared and diverse community.



Emerald Hills Institute (or EHI) was founded as a 501(c )3 non-profit organization by a group of dedicated volunteers in Salt Lake City, Utah – citizens of the world who have been drawn to this area and now call it home. Our principle motivation is to do good for the community we live in. Emerald Hills Institute receives donations and is supported by business people and professionals, and consistently achieves and efficient, high level of output due to the support of many committed volunteers.

Our Programs

Follow Us

Share Our Project

Why Emerald Hills Institute?

It is remarkably easy to relax into viewing all the world as endless encounters of “us” versus “them”. Through service and mutual appreciation, this core of volunteers quickly recognized that those things which are common among all people – a desire for health and safety, security for our children, and peaceful society – far outweigh the differences, and whatever differences there are such as language, background, and traditions can be explored and appreciated.

Latest Events

iftar dinner

Interfaith Community Ramadan Iftar Dinner

  Dear friends, Please join us for Interfaith Iftar on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at the Utah Islamic Center at 7:30pm. Please, fill out the following form to RSVP. Online

Let the numbers speak!

0 +
Educational activities
0 +
Internship opportunities
0 +
Refugees in need
0 +
Activities for youth
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world..."
Dr. Soyer, Director


Dr. Mehmet Soyer

To serve his community, he is a director of Emerald Hills Institute and also He is board member of Interfaith Advisory Council at Utah State University. 

Green is a color associated with verdant growth and abundance. In the Abrahamic traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, green is associated with plant life and fertility – a symbol pointing to heavenly abundance in an otherwise dry and dusty world. For many Eastern traditions, green jade held a mystical quality – this translucent stone could be polished to a supernal sheen, and always stayed cool to the touch. It was the precious stone of emperors and heavenly emissaries, representing new life, regeneration, and hope. Maize in South America, wheat in North America, and other sacred grains sustaining life around the world – green associated with these is a symbol of health and well being.

These impressions were in our minds when we chose the name “Emerald Hills” – this is an institute with an eye to the happiness and growth of every person, from every culture and background. Rumi, the most popular poet in North America today, said it best – “Love is an emerald. Its brilliant light wards off dragons on this treacherous path.”

The Emerald Hills Institute is founded on the idea that love – for our community, each other, and even ourselves – is best expressed through service, with the two roses of these emerald hills being tolerance and dialogue.

Ralph Waldo Emerson taught that which we give attention to grows. When we give attention to love through service, we become better – as human beings, as family, as a community. This is the purpose of The Emerald Hills Institute, to celebrate the fertile hills and hearts of our Utah community through service to the members of our extended human family. Join us, and be a part of our family.

We need this, perhaps now more than ever.

From Us

How to Support Muslim Students During Ramadan

How to Support Muslim Students During Ramadan?*

Teaching about Islamic traditions is a part of the state approved social studies curriculum. Not only will you make Muslim students feel comfortable, but this will also encourage cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and global citizenship to the entire class.

Read More »