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Mission and Vision

Mission, Vision, Pedagogy, and Values for the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making and Cornell United Religious Work 

As a unit of Student & Campus Life that operates as part of the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making works in concert with colleagues to inspire transformation and enrich the lives of Cornell students.

Mission: 

The shared mission of the Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making and Cornell United Religious Work is to nurture the human spirit by inviting our students to make meaning of themselves and the world.

Vision: 

We envision a community whose commitment to the integration of moral and intellectual development forms graduates who are spiritually mature, aware of their ethical agency, and committed to action in service of the common good. 

Pedagogy: 

We value a process of holistic formation that integrates intellectual, social, spiritual, and vocational growth. Through both our presence and our programming, we invite students to: 

  • Believe: We encourage students to reflect on and intentionally live out their deeply held beliefs and values;
  • Belong: We build inclusive communities by inviting students to understand their social identities and equipping them with skills to connect across lines of difference; and
  • Become: We challenge students to become people who live with intention and purpose in service of the common good.