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Process & Grounding Beliefs

Our Process

Our planning process was inclusive and iterative. It was fueled by the diverse experiences and perspectives of our DSA staff, student leader alumni, families, and students. And, it was grounded in our vision, mission and values.

Over nearly a year, we held multiple gatherings to capture frank and thoughtful feedback from staff across the division. This feedback shaped our plan's strategic commitments. Staff volunteered to serve on working groups that further defined each commitment's goals and objectives.

Our final plan reflects our collective insight and our path forward together.

Grounding Beliefs 

  • We believe that all Student Affairs staff are educators.
  • We know that it takes every member of Student Affairs to ensure that students learn and develop in healthy and whole ways. 
  • We understand student success holistically.
  • We infuse our work with diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism and justice principles and ethics. 
  • We center our work on all students: undergraduate and graduate students.


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