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SBU Mission & Values

The University has a five-part Mission:

  • to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality;
  • to carry out research and intellectual endeavors of the highest international standards that advance knowledge and have immediate or long-range practical significance;
  • to provide leadership for economic growth, technology, and culture for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region;
  • to provide state-of-the-art innovative health care, while serving as a resource to a regional health care network and to the traditionally underserved;
  • to fulfill these objectives while celebrating diversity and positioning the University in the global community.

The global community is inherently diverse, so what does it mean to really ‘celebrate’ diversity and ‘position’ the university within that global community? It connects directly to creating a more inclusive, equitable university culture:

Stony Brook University’s mission, vision and very essence are built on the principles of providing equal access to world-class education in a caring environment, where we respect and embrace our differences, take responsibility to protect our local communities, and practice civility at all times. We promote inclusion, welcome freedom of expression, encourage civil discourse, and take a firm stand against divisiveness and insensitivity in all venues and forms…

Within this statement you can see Stony Brook’s core values: equality of access (i.e. equity), civility, caring, responsibility, accountability, and respect. They frame diversity, inclusion, and equity as central to what it means to provide high quality, comprehensive education, research, leadership, and health care.

Above we shared the University’s Mission. What is your unit’s unique Vision?

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While we expect you share the university’s values we assume your unit also has your own, ones that are specific to your team. Core values should reflect the soul, the heart and the character of your unit—all your decisions should be measured against these core values, and in this way they help you stay on course. What are your unit’s core Values?

Already identified your unit’s core values? Already have a Vision?

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