Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles


Transform lives through identity development, leadership education, and community engagement.


We envision the FSU community as responsible citizens and effective leaders engaged in the world around us.  We are mindful of our values and multiple identities, including ability, age, class, ethnicity, faith structure, gender identity expression, nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran and socioeconomic status. Recognizing the intersection of these identities and acknowledging that multiculturalism enhances the quality of life, we belong to and create communities that benefit from the value of difference. In our personal, professional, and creative communities, we readily seek and accept opportunities for life-long learning, meaningful influence, and positions of trust, using our talents and means to create a more just and humane society.

Guiding Principles for our Work

Holistic Learning

  • Engage fully all aspects of the learner: mind, body, and spirit
  • Provide and support a physically and a mentally healthy environment
  • Respect and take advantage of all dimensions and talents of others

Respect and Commitment to a Shared Vision

  • Support each other to accomplish personal and organizational goals
  • Seek continuous advice and involvement from others
  • Work together to create a shared vision and make continuous improvements


  • Respect and appreciate the history, tradition and cultures of ourselves and our students
  • Commitment to understanding the multiple layers of our identity and the identities of others
  • Recognize the importance of diverse experiences and thought

Social Justice

  • Seek opportunities and expand knowledge to create positive sustainable change
  • Develop an inclusive climate cognizant of power dynamics and their impacts on relationships
  • Create an environment that encourages awareness of social issues
  • Model social justice values and behaviors


  • Create a community of care and regard
  • Encourage the establishment and cultivation of meaningful relationships
  • Honor the values, thoughts and strengths of others
  • Act cooperatively and courteously in all environments
  • Celebrate successes and occasions
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