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Mission and Student Engagement

Mission and Student Engagement Welcome to the Division of Mission and Student Engagement!

The staff members in the division of mission and student engagement are committed to providing programs and services that are guided by Barry University's rich educational mission and intended to enhance the student experience. Through partnerships with others in the university community, we aim to create experiences that help transform our students into leaders for a just and humane world.

Call to Our Students

Given our unique educational mission, we are inspired by St. Catherine of Siena and challenge our students to

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
St. Catherine of Siena

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Be who you are called to be: Live a Barry Life

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    Contact Us!

    The Executive Offices of the Division of Mission and Student Engagement are located in the Landon Student Union, Suite 300 and can be reached at 305-899-3085.

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Scott Smith

Scott F. Smith, Ph.D. Vice President for Mission and Student Engagement

Letter from the Vice President

“I hope that you will take full advantage of your time at Barry University by participating in opportunities that challenge, inspire, and expand your worldview through personal connections with faculty, staff, peers, alumni and the surrounding community.”

Mission and Student Engagement About the Division of Mission and Student Engagement (MSE)

Through a transformative University experience characterized by Learn, Reflect, and Serve, the Division of Mission and Student Engagement develops and implements programs and services that cultivate the characteristics of a Barry University graduate:

  • Barry University Spirit - Fosters deep connections with other students and a life-long relationship with the Barry community.
  • Health and Wellness - Encourages holistic emotional, physical and social well-being.
  • Social Justice, Service, and Advocacy - Inspires personal and social responsibility to actively implement change.
  • Ethical and Inclusive Leadership - Creates civic minded leaders characterized by moral reasoning, global awareness, and a compassion for others.
  • Spiritual and Personal Discovery - Develops a deeper understanding of self through reflection.
  • Professional and Career Development - Provides the foundation for career readiness and life skills.
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Our vision, guided by our Catholic Identity, Dominican heritage and University Core Commitments, is to empower our students, staff, and faculty with the skills and competencies to be leaders for a just and humane world.

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Mission and Student Engagement Departments

Mission and Student Engagement Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a resource to the entire University community through its efforts to meet the educational and developmental needs of students related to community standards, conflict management and resolution, civility, and respect for self and others.

Members of the campus community must act out of mutual respect to establish an atmosphere of trust.

Therefore, Barry University expects its members to treat one another with sensitivity, consideration, understanding, tolerance, and an active concern for the welfare of others.

Some of the services offered by the Office of the Dean of Students include advocating for all students, educational programs, faculty-student collaboration, conflict resolution, and the disciplinary process.

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    Student Advocacy

    Sometimes you might need a little extra help in navigating the departments of the University or with personal issues. Let the staff at the Dean of Students Office assist you.We encourage you to come by the office with any issues or concerns you may have. Our goal is to promote student learning and academic success. To assist you along the way, let us provide you with information and contacts for services and resources offered at Barry.No matter how big or small your question or concern is, we'll be happy to help.

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    Disciplinary Process

    As a Catholic and Dominican university, Barry stands for the dignity and worth of every person. We believe, therefore, in values that foster the human respect needed for people to live, work, study, and recreate together as a community. The student discipline system exists to handle violations of the University's rules and regulations. This system is based on a philosophy of fairness for all parties concerned in any situation involving non-compliance with a University policy or regulation.

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    Educational Programs

    Throughout the academic year, the office offers programs offering information on topics of importance to students. All students are urged to attend these programs. They are a good way to learn about and share solutions on issues that affect college students. Some of these issues include: alcohol awareness, drug awareness, sexual assault, domestic violence, time management, and personal safety.

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    Complaint Process for out of State Distance Education Students

    Out-of-state distance education students who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process, may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL‐SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL‐SARA Complaint Process page.

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    Faculty-Student Collaboration

    Through the office, you have the opportunity to get involved in programs during which you will collaborate with faculty. Some of these programs include the Mentor Program, University committees, and community service opportunities.

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    We Are Here To Serve You

    The Office of the Dean of Students provides support for the intellectual and personal development of all students – undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners – through a combination of advocacy, programming, and services that enhance the quality of campus life.

Mission and Student Engagement First-Year Experience Seminar

The First-Year Experience Seminar course (ORI 100) is open to all freshmen.  The course is one credit and its purpose is to assist you in adjusting to college life while learning skills essential for academic and personal success. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to

different instructional strategies in order to get you accustomed to the many different teaching styles you will face throughout your time at Barry. Some instructional strategies include lecture, small group interaction, large group discussion, out of class readings, community interaction, and more.

New Student Investiture First-Year Experience

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    Relationship of Course to University Mission

    A Barry education fosters individual and communal transformation where learning leads to knowledge and truth, reflection leads to informed action, and a commitment to social justice leads to collaborative service. This course will enable you to explore the components of a liberal arts education and will also assist you to more fully develop competencies and resources in skills necessary for college and self-discovery.

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First Year Seminar Course Objectives

  • Identify personal values, as well as internal and external motivators
  • Learn your responsibilities as a student
  • Learn to treat others with civility
  • Identify realistic approaches to setting and achieving goals
  • Identify effective strategies for studying, note taking, test taking, and managing time
  • Analyze yourself and set a vocational plan
  • Learn communication with diverse populations
  • Learn skills to build a successful future
  • Improve your financial literacy
  • Learn to stay healthy

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