Vision and Mission-Student Affairs - Carnegie Mellon University

Vision, Mission, and Values


Students inspired and supported to engage in a transformative university experience that shapes their evolving understanding of self, community, and their contributions in a global society.


Founded on a broad-based commitment to student success in and out of the classroom, the Division of Student Affairs provides a framework for the metacurricular experience with emphasis on the holistic development of the student that facilitates life-long growth in the areas of:

  • Intellectual and artistic curiosity
  • Personal well-being  
  • Professional acumen
  • Leadership 
  • Social responsibility 
  • Community engagement

Central to our success is a commitment to cultivating deep and meaningful one-to-one relationships with students. We build and sustain collaborative relationships throughout the university to best serve the needs of our student body. Programs, services, and efforts are dedicated to the development of an engaged community among students, faculty, staff and alumni where meaningful and authentic exchanges are valued. Division of Student Affairs staff help students navigate and reflect upon challenges and transitions, and we empower them to become architects of their own learning and development.

Values that Guide Our Work

Aligning our practice with our core values and the ethical principles of our profession
Investing in concern for the welfare of others and humanity
Fostering an environment where all feel welcomed, accepted and respected
Demonstrating exceptional commitment to our students and aspiring toward quality work and leadership
Anticipating and responding to meet the ever-changing needs of those we serve
Active sharing of talent, resources, and time to positively impact the student experience
Leading through creative and forward-looking solutions that advance our mission