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About the Office of the Dean of Students

Mission Statement

The Office of the Dean of Students provides opportunities and experiences that support student learning and personal development.

Core Values

  • Advocate for the needs of all students
  • Help community members navigate the university
  • Encourage student responsibility and leadership
  • Promote a diverse and socially responsible learning community

Commitment to Inclusion

The Office of the Dean of Students actively creates an open, welcoming and inclusive environment that nurtures and empowers all students. Through our programs, services and initiatives, we are committed to cultivating respect, communication and engagement with all communities whose identities include but are not limited to ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class and veteran status.

We strongly believe that a diverse community strengthens all members and ultimately develops leaders who change the world.

Student Learning Core Competencies

Students engaged with the Office of the Dean of Students through paid employment or student leadership opportunities learn and develop skills in the five key areas included below. The valuable skills gained through these interactions improve student success academically and professionally.

  • Learning, Application and Integration

    Students acquire, process and connect information to make decisions. Learning outcomes include integrating knowledge from curricular and co-curricular experiences, and creating new knowledge from engagement and dialogue with others.

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

    Students can identify issues, reflect and creatively develop solutions. Learning outcomes include successfully assessing the relevance and quality of information, and considering alternative perspectives and solutions.

  • Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Development

    Students can articulate personal talents, skills, values, and act with integrity while managing conflict and working with teams. Learning outcomes include working collaboratively with others and learning from the different contributions of others.

  • Personal and Professional Competence

    Students learn to communicate effectively, pursue goals and maintain well-being. Learning outcomes include setting and pursuing long-term goals and objectives, and applying ethical standards and professionalism to their work and interactions.

  • Humanitarianism and Civic Engagement

    Students learn to understand and appreciate individual differences, and develop a sense of global citizenship. Learning outcomes include working with people of different backgrounds and abilities, and considering the welfare of others in decision-making.