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Student Life

Mission Statement

The Student Life Division of Eastern Mennonite University is committed to creating and maintaining a challenging and supportive living and learning community. To that end our work fosters these elements:

  1. the intellectual, social/emotional, physical, and spiritual development of all students
  2. the common university enterprise of learning, and
  3. effective life skills for living and working in a diverse and global community.


In expressing and implementing this mission, the division strives to develop programs and activities that build on the following goals. Students will:

  • develop wellness in body, mind and spirit
  • demonstrate positive self-esteem
  • possess critical thinking and decision making skills
  • clarify values
  • engage in meaningful and healthy relationships
  • understand and appreciate racial and cultural diversity
  • demonstrate personal responsibility and integrity
  • develop leadership knowledge and skills
  • evidence Christian social responsibility and commitment to life-long service
  • demonstrate the ability to work independently and interdependently
  • understand and appreciate community living
  • explore career opportunities and life purposes

Departmental functions

  • To provide leadership for spiritual life and faith development programs through Campus Ministries.
  • To help crystallize and implement career goals for students, faculty, staff and alumni through Career Services.
  • To increase awareness of skills, insights and resources those promote good mental health, satisfying relationships and productive work and leisure activity through Counseling Services.
  • To promote students’ physical and emotional well being through the services of the Health Center.
  • To provide opportunities for integration of athletic skill and personal growth in leadership, teamwork and interpersonal relationships through Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • To foster and supports understanding of cultural differences while emphasizing our commonalities as God’s children in a challenging and diverse world community through Multicultural & International Student Services.
  • To provide a living environment where students interact and learn from each other and where educational opportunities complement academic programs through Housing and Residence Life.
  • To create a social climate outside the classroom for students to cultivate relationships & develop leadership skills through Student Activities and New Student Orientation.