A purpose statement does not simply tell potential audiences what your organization does, but why you do what you do, or why your work is important and the impact that your work has on the people you serve. Values describe a desired culture, and act as a compass for the people who work in your organization.
Student Affairs set out to develop a purpose statement and list of values in 2016, and they are as follows:
We believe in the dignity and promise of every student and
their ability to positively impact our world.
We demonstrate our commitment to our purpose through:
- Vincentian personalism
- Radical hospitality
- A belief in the dignity of every individual
- A commitment to building community
- Attention to the holistic development of the student
- Special attention to the poor and marginalized