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About Us

The Division of Student Affairs serves the University of Maryland community—students, parents, faculty, staff, and visitors—through its 13 departments. All depart­ments in DSA work to ensure the success, health, and well-being of our students. In addition, DSA serves parents, faculty, staff, and visitors through our various units and programs.

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Our Values

We value outstanding service. DSA staff maintain and enhance high quality facilities, services, and programs for our students, faculty, staff, families, alumni, and visitors.  We’re committed to creating the best experience possible for the University of Maryland community.

We value individual development. Student development occurs inside and outside of the classroom through leadership opportunities, civic engagement, service learning, and involvement in a variety of activities. We promote the development of important life skills, including critical thinking, interpersonal communication, responsible behavior, ethical conduct, and conflict resolution that will serve our students well in the future.

We value community life. DSA is dedicated to fostering strong sense of community among students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni. By actively involving students in institutional governance, identifying opportunities for service to the community, engaging family members in the university experience, assisting groups of students in the collective management of their aspirations and interests, and inviting alumni to remain connected and involved with our campus, we help build a robust community spirit on campus.

We value student health and well-being. DSA offers programs designed to enhance academic success, promote personal development, and provide experiences that will give students the skills necessary to live productively in a complex global society.

We value diversity. We foster an inclusive, welcoming environment that encourages individuals and groups to learn and work within and across diverse communities. By emphasizing awareness, respect, and education about personal identity, and by educating students about identities different from their own, we can be sure our students are having an enriching experience at Maryland.