The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) oversees the Division of Student Affairs and supports all aspects of the student learning experience at Boston College. Inspired by cura personalis, Student Affairs' programs and services seek to care for the entire person, as they promote learning, health and wellness, leadership development, and community engagement for all students. BC’s Jesuit, Catholic heritage, roots the mission Student Affairs’ and further invites students to grow in their faith and commitment to others through active participation in BC’s campus community, volunteer service, civic engagement, as well as multiple faith initiatives. Collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators throughout the University enrich the work of Student Affairs.
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The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to facilitate student learning and formation, to prepare students to be thoughtful and engaged citizens, and to advance the Jesuit, Catholic heritage and values of Boston College.
Divisional staff will adhere to a set of guiding principles in their daily work with students to advance our mission by:
- Establishing a culture of respect for self and others.
- Promoting an inclusive community.
- Structuring experiences based on a formative model of education that integrate students’ intellectual, spiritual, and the social realms.
- Providing comprehensive support services to improve students’ readiness to learn.
- Encouraging broad student engagement by intentionally involving all students in programs, services, and activities within the division.
- Advancing the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University.
- Striving for personal and departmental excellence.
- Acting with the utmost integrity in working with self and others.
The Division of Student Affairs will be a full partner in the process of learning and formation at Boston College. By providing a diversity of experiential learning opportunities, building communities of respect and support, encouraging and supporting lives of integrity, offering services that remove barriers to learning, promoting students' readiness to learn, and collaborating with the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Mission and Ministry, Student Affairs will help students engage fully with the University's educational opportunities and progress in their journey of personal formation.
Student Affairs contributes to the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University through its programs, interactions with students, and mentoring. The division does this by promoting a life committed to service, citizenship, and social justice, sponsoring dialogue on important student issues, supporting religious and spiritual development, promoting moral development and behavior grounded in distinct principles, and supporting the integration of faith with justice. Ultimately, the division desires the actualization of the University's mission in the lives and habits of students.
Student Affairs strives for excellence in every aspect of its organization, operations, and program and service design and delivery; the division is committed to evidence-based practice and the use of assessment data to strengthen programs and services. Through reflective, strategic planning, careful allocation of resources, and comprehensive staff development, the division works to provide learning experiences, programs, and services that produce sound student outcomes.
In all of its work, Student Affairs seeks to know and understand students, comprehend and address their needs, and represent and advocate for their needs; it intends to work with students to create a strong, healthy learning environment and an inclusive, participatory campus culture. One special focus of the division's work is on recognizing and addressing the needs of underrepresented students.
Student Affairs intends to create and sustain a caring community within the division; to recognize the contributions and achievements of all staff and leadership; and to encourage an appropriate and sustainable approach to self-care for all members of the division.