“A meaningful mission can act as a moral compass, helping to align decisions with values and goals.”
–Laurie Beth Jones, author of The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and Life
What is the purpose for our Student Affairs community at Loyola in having a meaningful mission statement? Laurie Beth Jones, author of several books on spirituality and leadership, shares our belief that “Having a clearly articulated mission statement gives one a template of purpose that can be used to initiate, evaluate, and refine all of one’s activities.”
While keeping professional improvement and student success at the core, the Student Affairs mission statement underwent a major revision in the fall of 2006. It was clear we wanted a mission, vision and values statement that supported the University mission and would also be part of our strategic planning. In developing our new statement, we decided on the following: The statement must be clear, concise, engaging, and meaningful. In other words, we wanted it to reflect our passion for working with students, the deep values of having a Jesuit heritage, and our intense desire for professional excellence.
With new professionals joining our team, and new experiences and programs developing, we are committed to an intentional yearly review of our mission, vision and values statement. As we begin the new year, we proudly share with you the following:
To cultivate a learning community, in the Jesuit tradition, which engages students in the full development of all human qualities.
To be the leader in Student-centered, values-rich, co-curricular education.
The Value of each person as created by God.
The call to develop all abilities and talents.
A commitment to mind, body, and spirit.
The awareness of finding God in all things.
A commitment to being people for and with others.