Established in 1995, our public affairs mission sets us apart from other universities and defines how we equip our students to become citizen Bears.
The Pillars of Public Affairs
Three pillars of public affairs
The public affairs mission has three pillars: ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.
Goal: Students will articulate their value systems, act ethically within the context of a democratic society and demonstrate engaged and principled leadership. (Adapted from the Center for Ethical Leadership)
Missouri State is preparing students for the future by helping them understand the ethical dimensions of leadership and take what they learn in the classrooms and use it to help solve problems and bring about change.
Goal: Students will recognize and respect multiple perspectives and cultures.
Missouri State helps students develop cultural knowledge in several ways. Study abroad programs, interactions with international students and opportunities to study different languages, histories and religions, help students broaden their horizons, build relationships and bring about better competition for the future.
Goal: Students will recognize the importance of contributing their knowledge and experiences to their own community and the broader society.
Goal: Students will recognize the importance of scientific principles in the generation of sound public policy.
Community engagement lets students branch out and see how the world is working through a different lens, giving them the opportunity to work with their communities and build up their ability to lead in their careers.