Illuminating pathways for students

We must think intentionally and strategically about the first-year and how we onboard students into our community: Who are we? What do we value? How do they fit within our community? What are our expectations of them as our newest community members? How do we provide pathways for sophomores and juniors to lead and launch? How do we help students to thrive and flourish at Denison and prepare our seniors to launch successfully to their lives beyond Denison?

Foster a sense of belonging & inclusion

In alignment with Denison Forward, Student Life will intentionally build awareness and competence using a lens of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism in all aspects of our work, to better serve our diverse student population. We will examine institutional decisions that will ensure access and achievement for all students, especially out students who have been traditionally underserved.

Empower students to manage their well-being

We must develop a cohesive vision of wellness and clearly communicate our expectations to students. How do we help students to build the habits and skills that promote their wellness while on the hill and throughout their lives?

Build connection & community

We want to help students to feel connected to our campus community. We want to strengthen the sense of community on campus. We want residence halls to be a site where students learn what it means to be an active citizen within their communities.

Divisional professional culture of innovation & excellence

We strive to create a professional culture of innovation and excellence. We want our team to be known, on campus, and beyond, as doing exceptional work. We want to raise awareness of the great work that Denison is doing in support of the student experience.