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Vision / Mission Statement / Core Values
Developing a community of engaged minds and active citizens.
The Dean of Students Office at Lehigh University is dedicated to providing a student-centered, co-curricular environment that enhances the academic mission of the University, and embodies the belief that learning is not confined solely within traditional classroom boundaries. As a part of the Lehigh experience, through the programs, services, and interactions provided by the Dean of Students office, students are encouraged to be better citizens, dynamic leaders, and individuals who are guided by integrity. We are committed to challenging Lehigh students to broaden their world view in a campus culture that respects individual differences.
The Dean of Students staff is responsive to student needs and interests. Students are challenged to expand their horizons and to make healthy and ethical decisions. A hallmark of our operating style is the creation of partnerships with students, their families, faculty, staff, and alumni that will assist in the development and transformation of students within a safe and healthy campus environment. As professional educators, we are committed to constantly improving our knowledge and skills in order to provide an optimum and praise-worthy environment for our students.
Students, graduate and undergraduate, and their development are the purpose, incentive, and motivation for our work. These are the aspirational core values we collectively embrace as we do our work:
We exhibit a willingness to cross boundaries and create partnerships in order to strengthen our efforts. We seek knowledge about each others’ roles and responsibilities in order to collaborate effectively. We build positive and empathetic relationships and partnerships with our local and global communities.
We contribute to an environment of honesty, truth, and respect for self and others; and we hold each other accountable to such standards. We respect the confidential nature of many aspects of our work and commit to maintaining confidentiality when appropriate and necessary.
COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
We comport ourselves in a professional manner. We embrace change and seek to continually improve. We strive to demonstrate positive leadership skills in all settings and effectively communicate in all forms. Professional and personal development is valued, expected, and continuously encouraged. We are pro-active and visionary in our planning efforts. We work hard, work smart, and work intentionally. We take pride in our work and our accomplishments. We challenge each other and our students to reach their potential while providing a caring and supportive environment.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BALANCE
We constantly learn, enjoy, and make the most of each day and its experiences. We approach our roles with enthusiasm. We discover or learn something everyday. We take pride in the outcomes of our efforts. We are cognizant of the fact that we are role models and mentors. Our actions demonstrate a value for the whole person and wellness.
FOSTERING A DIVERSE ENVIRONMENT
We seek to learn from, listen to, and understand the experiences of, individuals that differ from ourselves in all aspects. We continually ask the question, “What voice(s) may be missing from this discussion?”. We respect individual differences and commonalities and realize that there is great value in a multicultural community. We actively seek to expose ourselves and our students to the value of a diverse environment, with diversity being defined in its broadest sense. We actively seek to compose our staff of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.
HOLISTIC STUDENT DEVELOPMENT
We serve as advocates for students while empowering them to assume responsibility for their own experiences. We challenge students to achieve their full potential, academically and personally, and support them in their endeavors to do so. We cultivate the learning and practicing of life skills and encourage students to strive for healthy balance in their lives. We teach students to effectively manage life transitions. We encourage students to be civically engaged with their surrounding communities. We expect students to think openly and globally. We assist students in developing leadership skills for life.