In 2017-18 we saw the first full year of the division operating under its new leadership structure. Working with the team of associate and assistant vice presidents this past year has allowed us to respond to issues quickly and plan and improve communications and programming throughout the division. As with the previous year, campus climate issues and the national political landscape impacted much of our programming. Part of our response to this uncertainty and tension was to make a commitment across the Division to focus on the ISU Principles of Community. Throughout the division, efforts were made to ensure these principles guided our actions, our beliefs and how we want ourselves and our communities to act. In addition to the Principles of Community, across the division, we promoted our core values among staff so that any services and programming efforts were within these parameters as we interacted with students.
The four values are:
Student Development and Engagement
In recognizing the uniqueness of each student, we support their overall growth and development through leadership and involvement opportunities, rich and meaningful co-curricular activities, and global engagement experiences. We also work to remain accessible and responsive to students, and to minimize barriers that inhibit effective learning.
Connection, Collaboration, and Communication
We strive to share our successes and outcomes with the community, ensuring transparency and inviting discussion about where we can enhance our work. Further, we desire to instill a global mindset in all Cyclones to enhance their cultural awareness and intercultural competence.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
We seek to welcome and engage all Cyclones in an effort to create a respectful, responsible community that allows for equitable access to learning and involvement.
Holistic Health, Wellness, and Safety of Students and Staff
Cyclones should feel safe anywhere at Iowa State University. Our programs, services, and interactions are designed to embody this and to identify areas where continued work needs to occur. We function best when everyone aspires to their best physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, environmental, occupational, social, and spiritual wellbeing.
Our focus within the division is always about student success. Knowing that students do their best and ultimately succeed when they have the right support and resources, we develop programs and resources to guide them through their academic careers. Equally important has been our continued focus on our staff wellbeing. We started the fall with a kick-off that included announcing our Principles of Community apparel gift for the division staff. Throughout the semester we provided professional development opportunities with guest speakers and “lunch and learns.” And finally, in May, we closed out the academic year with our first Student Affairs Staff Appreciation Day.
Within this report you will see details about these programs as well as our stellar student-focused initiatives. Many thanks to our staff, students, donors, and community partners for another successful year!
Martino Harmon, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs