Stephen F. Austin State University

Mission and Core Values

Student Affairs Personnel

Our Mission

The Department of Student Affairs strives to fulfill the university's mission through personal connections with students, creating engaging and dynamic learning opportunities and providing programs and services designed to help students meet their personal and academic goals.

Our Core Values

We strive to use our resources effectively to achieve the mission of Stephen F. Austin State University, the Division of University Affairs and the Department of Student Affairs.

We put students first, considering what would be to their ultimate benefit in any decision we make, or any program or service we manage or create.

We partner with other university departments to create win-win collaborations that benefit students and the university.

We seek to proactively identify problems and create solutions to issues of concern.

We do our jobs with positivity, enthusiasm and humility.

We embrace the philosophy of student development, helping students to discover their passions and find their purpose.

We maintain high expectations of our students, and actively encourage them to reach their full potential.

We model life-long learning to students by seeking professional and personal development opportunities.

We strive to model wellness by managing stress, seeking a healthy lifestyle and working to maintain a healthy balance between our work and our lives.

We model cultural competence by practicing tolerance and acceptance of others.

We seek to create cultural understanding and to ensure that our programs and services are available and effective for all students regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability or sexual orientation.

We address disagreements and concerns with others in a proactive and professional way, and in such a way that relationships are strengthened.

We treat everyone with the highest degree of courtesy and respect.

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs ascribes to the ethical standards of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA, College Educators International) as stated in the Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards.