Division of Student Affairs

Mission Statement


The Division of Student Affairs cultivates transformative experiences that challenge and support students on a journey towards their best selves characterized by the achievement of sustainable, meaningful, and purpose-driven lives.


We are educators in the construction of intentional living-learning environments that foster the holistic development of students.  We create and facilitate dynamic experiences, programs, services, and resources that support the development of reflective leadership, identity exploration, responsible citizenship, and personal well-being.

Learning Outcomes

The work of the Division of Student Affairs is informed by decades of theory, best practices, and educational models that affirm and support our commitment to the holistic development of students. Our work reinforces and extends the academic experience, nurturing a learning environment that fosters open inquiry and the life-long pursuit of knowledge of the larger world and intersections with the self. With students at the heart of all that we do, we partner with faculty, staff, and students and are guided by our values:

Affirming a Pluralistic Community
We honor the dynamic traditions, complex identities, and rich histories of all community members.

Developing the Whole Person
We value and encourage the development of body, mind and spirit as an essential element of a liberal arts education.

Fostering Collective Community Action
We facilitate experiences that help students learn to be successful, purposeful and engaged, preparing them to lead and serve in a global society.

Integrating Living and Learning Experiences
We help students to maximize their learning by building connections between the activities of the classroom, residences, athletic fields, performance halls and community spaces. We foster collaboration, responsibility, healthy competition, and civility.

Honoring Institutional Core Values
We value and support the traditions and defining elements of a Macalester education – academic excellence, civic engagement, multiculturalism, internationalism, liberal arts, residential learning communities, and learning opportunities in an urban environment.