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Student Development Vision/Direction Statement
Revised September 8, 1998
Student Development provides many services and activities, which are essential for students. These services and activities include a clean environment, healthy and good food to eat, quality recreational opportunities, and many others that allow Hope College to become comfortable and meaningful. However, the real important events are those experiences where students are challenged, supported, and cared for as it relates to the liberal arts, membership in the community, understanding and experiencing faith in action, and comprehending diversity. Student Development must constantly be aware of teachable moments as well as create intentional occasions so that students have a richer and more meaningful understanding of their head, heart, and soul. This approach to teaching requires initiative and the willingness to engage and not be passive or reactive. Four years is a short length of time. If we are successful at this endeavor we will have created a community which involves:
Sense of Stability, Involvement, and Belonging
A Community of Faith and Hope
The Beginning of an Integrated Life
Expanded definition of academic and individual learning
Understanding & developing appropriate response to diversity
Articulate an understanding of the liberal arts and develop purposeful events with students, faculty, and staff in relationship to liberal arts.
Create opportunities for the classroom to be extended in different physical spaces and programs.
Be seen and involved in the liberal arts culture.
Develop our unique voice as educators and "servant leaders" of the academic and nonacademic culture.
Create opportunities to educate students' lifelong competencies (e.g.: oral and written communication, analytical thinking, questioning and decision making, ability to adapt to changing roles and differing values.
Develop the residential community of the whole college and the processes, which are central to the institution.
Create a culture of civility and understanding of responsibility.
Develop an understanding of how differences can add to the whole in a constructive manner.
Create ways to unify the educational and co?curricular experience. Develop innovative ways to involve faculty and staff in residential units and programs in all areas of student development.
Create purposeful opportunities that stretch the mind, the heart, and one's faith.
Encourage, explore, and learn with students as they participate in their Christian journey. Also demonstrate respect for and willingness to learn about different religions and how they relate to the Christian faith.
Create opportunities for the Christian faith to be explored, experienced, and understood more fully.
Develop an ecumenical approach to the multiples of Christian faiths on campus.
Be willing to share the Christian faith.
Provide leadership and initiatives that create an understanding and respect for diversity, and the way we work together. The primary focus of this effort will be to increase minority participation at Hope College and to more effectively prepare the majority student to understand the racial, ethnic, and cultural differences.
Be clearly identified as supporters/leaders of diversity issues on campus and seek as well as utilize teachable moments.
All planning should have diversity as a first thought and not an after thought
Be involved in an ongoing process to develop your own professional competence with respect to diversity.
Create intentional opportunities to assure that environment is welcoming to all.
Seek diverse students in all aspects of organizational work (e.g.: OAs, RAs, student group leadership positions, judicial board members, etc.
Assessment is a critical element in all of our work. Each area will develop goals and processes to achieve the goals that are clear and understandable. As part of this careful planning each goal will have an assessment element which identifies whether the goal has been reached by the processes which have been used.