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Core Values

Core Values

Students studying together in St. Joseph Hall


We Value Spirituality.
We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • embracing the ideal of spiritual growth and expression;
  • exploring the spiritual domain of human existence and integrating this into the totality of our experience;
  • seeking to explore and to understand the world’s religious traditions.

We Value Service.
We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • fostering an attitude of generosity in service;
  • providing opportunities for experiential and holistic community service on campus and in the broader community.

We Value Concern for the Earth.
We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • keeping informed and educated about environmental issues;
  • being mindful of the impact that we, as individuals and as a community, have on the environment;
  • continuing to work to preserve and enhance the natural environment of the campus;
  • accepting our responsibility as stewards of the earth and its resources.

We Value Holistic Pursuit of Truth, Integrity, and Justice.
We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • reflecting these virtues in our everyday lives;
  • applying these virtues as guides to our decision-making individually and as a community.

We Value Inclusive Community.
We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • affirming human dignity as an absolute value;
  • celebrating one another’s potential and achievements, both great and small;
  • fostering a friendly and open atmosphere, where all are welcome;
  • exhibiting respect for all members of the global community.

*We live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another. The mission of unity rests on the charism of reconciliation.

We Value Personal and Professional Growth throughout the Community.

We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • maintaining a lively forum for intellectual and artistic pursuits on campus;
  • promoting intellectual sharing and development through inter-disciplinary programs and the encouragement of mentoring relationships;
  • exploring avenues for growth and learning outside the campus boundaries.
We Value Academic Excellence.

We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • offering a rigorous and challenging academic program with a global emphasis;
  • expecting students to take active responsibility for their education;
  • fostering close student-teacher bonds;
  • ongoing assessment of academic programs.
We Value Ethical Principles

We Strive To Live This Value By:

  • including ethics across the curriculum;
  • practicing fairness to all;
  • living according to ethical standards and codes of behavior;
  • addressing appropriately breaches of ethical standards.
​We Value Catholic Intellectual Tradition, History, and Legacy.

We Strive to Live This Value By:

  • keeping alive the mission and charisma of the Sisters of Saint Joseph*;
  • offering sacramental preparation through campus ministry;
  • providing opportunities to participate in Catholic liturgy;
  • inviting dialogue on issues pertaining to human dignity, social, and economic justice, and stewardship of the environment;
  • promoting on-going interpretations of core theological values and contemporary needs.