We strive to be available and accessible to members of our campus and wider community in as many ways as possible. We focus on thoughtful and prompt communication, listening, and responding to student needs and desires in meaningful ways. We value consistency both in our work and in our interactions with members of our community by creating both a physical and a figurative welcoming and inclusive space for people across multiple identities while valuing safety for all.
We believe that we must proactively do something to create our vision in partnership with campus and the wider community. In our action we value innovation by looking for new ideas and perspectives, and we work to always be on the cutting edge. Our vision is one of social justice in which we collaboratively fight oppression across multiple issues and -isms. In our work we navigate the complexity that comes with being social justice-oriented within a large institution.
We work to create an inclusive and collaborative space through our programming and physical space across multiple issues, multiple offices, and within our own office. We value all contributions, and we work as a collective system in which everyone contributes what they can in a feasible and effective manner.
Our office works to constantly gain information about the field of LGBTQA affairs, student affairs, and our own student body through research, professional development, and on-the-job learning. We feel a sense of responsibility to share our knowledge, experiences, and expertise in order to engage our campus and wider community in learning and reflective practice. We strive to be a learning organization by fostering a culture of challenging, modeling, and learning from one another. As constant learners we know that we, as an office, do not have all the answers; we are open to teaching and learning from others.
Our office is student-driven in forming a contextual understanding of student experiences in order to have a transformative impact on students. We seek out feedback from multiple voices and perspectives while integrating our own knowledge to inform our work. We value student engagement with a focus on self-authorship. We seek to enhance spaces to self-identify in all social identity categories and contribute student voice and ideas.
Our hope is to always demonstrate transparency both internally (with our staff, volunteers, and student staff) and externally (with campus and the community) through communicating context and rationale behind decisions that are made, sharing as much information as possible, acknowledging help and insight from others and other institutions, and avoiding unilateral decision-making. We welcome and value feedback from those within and outside of our office.