The Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs Professionals in Catholic Colleges and Universities

Welcome to the first installment of Partners in Mission’s eight-part series that examines, engages, and reflects upon The Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs Professionals at Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Partners in Mission and The Principles of Good Practice are meant to serve as resources of reflection and conversation for you and your departments about how a student affairs professional’s work is influenced by the Jesuit and Catholic identity of Boston College.

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Principle #1: The effective student affairs professional at a Catholic college or university welcomes all students into a vibrant campus community that celebrates God’s love for all.

“Student affairs professionals at Catholic colleges and universities are committed to creating inclusive, welcoming campus environments in which the members celebrate the diversity of all in both faith and culture. Their works, actions, and programs reflect respect, justice, collaboration, and dialogue.”

 Assessing This Principle

1. What does this principle mean for Boston College?

2. How do I apply this principle through programs, policies & practices?

                 a. How are students welcomed into the campus community?

          b.  How do these welcoming activities both celebrate the institution’s Catholic identity and embrace diversity in both faith and culture?

            c. To what extent is the student life staff prepared to welcome a diverse community of faith and culture?

                       d. In what ways do the actions of the student life staff reflect God’s love for all?

            e. How is this principle implemented through intentional activities that reflect respect, justice, collaboration, and dialogue? 

3. What evidence do I have to judge the effectiveness of my efforts?

4. What does this evidence tell you about your effectiveness?

5. What will I do with the information I have gathered about my effectiveness?


A Catholic Perspective:We have come to believe in God’s love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John’s Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should … have eternal life” (3:16). [Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est (God is Love)]


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