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Mission and Learning Goals

Student Development Coordinate Mission and Vision

The College of Saint Benedict, is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts College of Arts and Sciences committed to the education, growth and development of undergraduate women.

Saint John's University, is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, with an undergraduate liberal arts college committed to the education, growth, and development of undergraduate men.

The Division of Student Development for the College of Saint Benedict in cooperation with the Division of Student Development for Saint John's University, seeks to support, complement and extend academic learning in ways that lead to the holistic growth and development of women and men through their engagement in and with dynamic campus communities.  We provide abundant and diverse opportunities for young women and men to grow in understanding their responsibilities toward the common good.  We encourage students to understand themselves and others as gendered persons, and to engage as reflective leaders who are committed to advancing mutual respect, justice, and compassion in an increasingly intercultural and global community.

Student Development Learning Goals

Policies, practices, and programming within Student Development support students in developing:

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Maturation as demonstrated by:

  • managing one's emotions in healthy and constructive ways
  • a personal sense of responsibility and accountability
  • resolving conflicts in healthy and productive ways
  • embracing new challenges as opportunities for growth
  • interacting with others honestly and respectfully

Gender Awareness as demonstrated by:

  • recognizing the spectrum of gender identities
  • understanding, acceptance, and respect for one's own identity as a gendered person and of persons who have a gender identity that is different from one's own
  • understanding and appreciation of diverse perspectives
  • recognizing, appreciating, and respecting gender intersectionalities
  • using one's own voice in strong yet respectful ways to advocate for gender equity

Persistence and Academic Achievement as demonstrated by:

  • identifying and pursuing personal and academic goals that are ambitious yet realistic
  • understanding and fulfilling academic requirements/expectations
  • exercising effective study skills
  • exercising effective communication skills
  • valuing learning for its own sake

Critical Thinking and Cognitive Complexity as demonstrated by:

  • holding competing and complimentary thoughts simultaneously
  • seeking to address problems complexities in ways that are thoughtful and reasonable
  • reflecting on one's experience for learning and growth
  • making reasoned appraisals of situations, assumptions, and biases
  • intellectual curiosity

Intercultural Agility as demonstrated by:

  • seeking to understand and appreciate the values, perspectives, and contributions of different cultures
  • recognizing and appreciating various commonalities and differences among persons of diverse cultures
  • effectively engaging with persons whose cultural identity is different from one's own in a variety of contexts
  • recognizing one's own cultural identities, preferences, and biases
  • effectively navigating the intersections of culture and identity

Spiritual Growth as demonstrated by:

  • the pursuit of life's meaning and purpose
  • seeking to grow into a Wisdom lifestyle that exemplifies and honors Benedictine values
  • seeking to be at peace with oneself and others through healing, forgiveness, acceptance, trusting, and letting go
  • pursuing relationships of justice in one's personal, social, economic, political, and environmental domains
  • growing in one's capacity to feel and express empathy, love, and compassion toward others

Service and Leadership for the Common Good as demonstrated by:

  • honoring the interrelatedness of the common good with one's own well-being
  • conducting oneself in ways that demonstrate respect for those who are less powerful socially, economically, and politically
  • acknowledging and seeking to fulfill one's responsibilities in supporting the common good
  • taking a stand and speak publically on matters of justice
  • seeking consistency between one's personal choices and public positions on justice and respect for the common good

Developing a Meaningful Life Purpose as demonstrated by:

  • naming and claiming one's own core values
  • pursuit of lifestyle choices that honor and express one's core values with integrity
  • pursuit of mentorship opportunities both as a mentee and as a mentor
  • being attentive to developing one's knowledge, talents, skills and experiences into vocational and/or career readiness/competence
  • connecting relationships into communities and networks of support for personal,  vocational, and career aspirations

Lifelong Health and Holy Leisure as demonstrated by:

  • developing and maintaining habits for sustaining healthy living
  • developing and using healthy relationship skills
  • developing and exhibiting healthy competitive and sportsmanship skills
  • developing habits of pursuing life-long learning and self-betterment
  • developing interests in and appreciation of creativity and fine arts