Guiding Values and Beliefs


  1. Create an inclusive, welcoming environment
  2. Encourage the establishment and cultivation of meaningful relationships
  3. Honor the values and thoughts of others
  4. Seek out and acknowledge the good and strengths in others

Cultural Fluency

  1. Demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that illustrate a commitment to multicultural understanding, diversity and inclusion
  2. Develop climates that enhance the ability to understand, communicate and interact across cultures
  3. Seek opportunities to expand awareness and knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews
  4. Support the development of global perspectives and engage in collaborative initiatives worldwide

Holistic Learning

  1. Empower learners to explore and make meaning of their identity and purpose
  2. Facilitate relationship building and the creation of community
  3. Fully engage all aspects of the learner – mind, body, and spirit
  4. Utilize diverse pedagogical methodologies that incorporate experiential and interdisciplinary inquiry based learning


  1. Challenge the process... frequently
  2. Engage in cutting edge research and assessment
  3. Regularly introduce new concepts, ideas, methods and strategies that advance our stated purpose
  4. Take risk… often


  1. Act in congruence with our purpose, values, beliefs and principles
  2. Admit errors and welcome constructive criticism
  3. Behave with honesty and fairness
  4. Model ethical decision-making and support others in their efforts to do so


  1. As humans we are embedded within a multitude of complex natural systems
  2. As individuals we are embedded within a multitude of complex social systems
  3. We have a responsibility to the individuals, organisms, and systems to which we are tied
  4. We strive towards ‘systems citizenship’ which involves A) seeing systems, B) collaborating across boundaries, and C) creating desired futures


  1. Leadership can be learned… it is both a reflective and forward- thinking process
  2. Leadership is ethical
  3. Leadership is rational, defined by collaborative relationships, complex systems, and community-based practice
  4. Leadership makes a difference, strives for positive change, and advances the common good

Social Justice

  1. Emphasize the importance of creating the capacity for positive change
  2. Expose and explore social humanitarian issues
  3. Foster and promote an inclusive environment that affirms the value and recognizes the dignity of every human being
  4. Recognize the importance of diverse experiences and thinking

Social Responsibility

  1. Advance the use of service learning and community based learning practices
  2. Create environments that empower individuals to contribute to the welfare of their communities
  3. Cultivate a climate of inquiry, investigation and discovery
  4. Encourage personal and collective responsibility