The Student Affairs Mission Statement was updated in 2017 to reflect the University’s revised Mission and Vision statements as well as the goals articulated in the BenU2020 strategic plan. The statement serves as an inspiration to Student Affairs staff and forms the basis of our work.
As a way of understanding the intent and significance of the mission statement as a living and guiding document, we offer the following descriptions of its key ideas.
The Core Principles identified in the Student Affairs Mission Statement reflect the primary learning objectives that students gain from their Benedictine experience. Each principle is described in a way that reflects a student’s interaction with Student Affairs.
Living and working together in community is a distinguishing characteristic of the Benedictine tradition. The hallmark of community is supported by the hallmark of stability, the commitment to the daily life of the community. Student Affairs upholds these hallmarks by encouraging students to actively participate in all that our community offers, promoting the health and wellbeing of community members and encouraging both individual and group contributions to community goals.
As an inclusive community, Student Affairs welcomes diversity through our alignment with the Benedictine Hallmarks of hospitality and humility, and values the variety of traditions, experiences and perspectives of our students. Student Life demonstrates the Benedictine hallmark of hospitality by supporting students of various racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds and students with disabilities, without regard to gender identity and sexual orientation; promoting culturally identified student organizations; providing worship space for students of multiple faiths; and sponsoring programs and activities designed to meet the needs and interests of our diverse student community.
Student Affairs promises to be resilient in the progression of students by helping them to develop into empowered, engaged leaders who are inspired by the Benedictine hallmarks of humility, the knowledge of self in relation to God and others; obedience, a commitment to listening and consequent action; and discipline, a way toward learning and freedom. Student Affairs offers a variety of leadership experiences where these hallmarks are developed and tested, including the Benedictine Opportunities for Leadership Development (BOLD) programs; leadership roles in student organizations; and as Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders, peer ministers and members of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Student Affairs recognizes that faith is united to the intellectual nature of the University in the pursuit of truth and promotes the spiritual growth of all students through the Benedictine hallmarks of prayer and conversatio, the way of formation and transformation. These are lived out through the hallmark of love in Christ and neighbor. Through Campus Ministry, faith-based student organizations, service opportunities and leadership development, Student Affairs provides a network for spiritual reflection, dialogue and service consistent with Catholic and Benedictine wisdom principles.
Student Affairs has developed objectives and specific learning goals for each of the Core Principles identified in the Mission Statement. Learning outcomes are linked to learning goals approved by faculty for the assessment of student learning.
As part of the General Education curriculum, Benedictine University has established a requirement that students participate in an approved Learning Community. While most learning communities are established within classes, they may also be approved in the co-curriculum. Current learning communities approved in Student Affairs include:
This unique service scholarship is administered as part of a College of Business/Student Life partnership and is competitively awarded. Recipients are required to participate in supplemental learning and team building opportunities, develop a unique service project with lasting impact on the community and engage in public presentations highlighting their work.
Catholic Muslim Dialogue participants develop transferable skills in interfaith dialogue, gaining techniques for dialoguing across cultural and religious boundaries while building relationships over time.
Our CRS Ambassadors program is a direct chapter of CRS’s ambassador program. CRS is one of the world’s leading organization in relief work. Students attend a CRS training and learn how to be advocates of justice for the poor and marginalized. In light of the training they run our Fair Trade programs on campus, a refugee simulation and our Lenten Lunch program.
The STEP learning community program offers students an opportunity to go on a one week or two week long service trip to the Philippines (January) and Bolivia (June). While in the Philippines students build a home for a family in need and spend time getting to know the Filipino community and in Bolivia students serve at a soup kitchen, day cares, a hospital and a psychiatric center.
A component part of the undergraduate General Education curriculum is participation in an approved Engaged Learning experience. Activities that are approved as a designated Engaged Learning experience through Student Affairs-sponsored programs will be added to this area as they are approved.
Campus Ministry Cor members embrace the holistic understanding of the Campus Ministry mission, serve as the student advisory committee to Campus Ministry staff, act as ambassadors of Campus Ministry to peers and the greater Benedictine community, and embody a philosophy of welcoming all.