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As a team, we approach our work through five core values. We do this in the spirit of living the expressed values of our department, university, and higher education community. We strive to balance the needs and concerns of individuals involved in and connected to our process, as well as those of the larger community.

We believe in the inherent worth and strengths of each student. We strive for students to feel heard and valued. We seek to understand their unique situations and aspirations. We are collaborative and adaptive in our approach when we serve and meet with students. We provide a variety of support mechanisms and resources to help them be their best selves and move forward.

We respect that everyone is a unique learner and challenge students to embrace a commitment to holistic learning. We provide a variety of experiential opportunities that create transformational learning environments. Through intentional conversations and reflective activities we cultivate community commitment, decision-making practices, and personal growth that align with the student's values, goals, and actions.

We strive to create meaningful and ongoing connections with our students. We build these connections by taking an active interest in their experiences, having empathy and genuine regard for their well-being, and investing effort and time into those interactions. Once a connection has been made we strive to serve as a resource.

We commit to a welcoming, safe, inclusive, and civil environment, and acknowledge our students can have impact beyond themselves. When there has been a significant impact on an individual or how the community operates or is perceived, we will engage campus and community partners and involve impacted parties in the resolution. We do this in the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

We commit to implementing and managing innovative processes and practices that adhere to the spirit and content of policies, protocols, and laws. We will communicate in a clear and timely manner and provide information that is efficient, accurate, and thorough. We will also continuously assess our work to understand its impact and identify areas of growth.