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Office of Mission Engagement

Student Affairs

Overview

The Office of Mission Engagement (OME) provides students, faculty, and staff with university-wide mission education and leadership development opportunities. Through scholarly activities, reflection and dialogue, OME facilitates transformational experiences that support the ongoing development of current and future leaders of Barry’s mission.

Guided by our Catholic Dominican identity and Adrian Dominican foundation, we aspire to strengthen our institutional commitment to Learn, Reflect, and Serve. All members of the Barry community are invited to participate in annual mission centered traditions which include Founders’ Week, Peace Week, Earth Week and Leading the Legacy programs.

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Traditions and Mission Weeks

Barry University’s collegiate traditions promote campus spirit, highlight our history and build community through social and academic mission-centered programs across the university. Join us for these signature events that promote pride in our institution and are beloved by students, faculty and staff.

Barry has put in place "layers of protection" to guard against the spread of COVID-19 within our university community. Our institutional traditions, highlighted below, will incorporate physical distancing and remote participation in order to ensure a robust student life experience, both in-person and virtually.

2020-21 Learn, Reflect and Serve Opportunities Upcoming Events
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Barry Traditions: Learn, Reflect, Serve

The University fosters leadership development through a variety of experiences intentionally designed to inform and enhance a personal and collective understanding of Barry’s Mission and Core Commitments. As Catholic institutions of higher education prepare for the diminishing presence of men and women vowed religion, it is important to consider how mission in the Dominican tradition will be cultivated on our campuses. Developing tomorrow’s leaders becomes critical to sustaining the vision and mission of Barry University which flows from its Adrian Dominican foundation.

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in these annual activities, events, lectures, luncheons, and mission trips. Specific programs and events are posted on the University training calendar and can be used for professional development. Barry’s Learn-Reflect-Serve programming provides an overview of the mission-centered programs and campus traditions across the university for the fall and spring semesters. We hope you will join us in taking advantage of these experiences and opportunities.

Leading the Legacy: Your Role in Furthering Barry's Mission

Barry University seeks to create campus leaders that can articulate the institution’s distinctive Catholic Dominican identity and mission while assuming increasing responsibility for its Adrian Dominican legacy. In recognizing the importance of educating faculty and staff about the University’s Mission and Core Commitments, Barry seeks to ensure the future viability of our rich heritage for future generations.

Leading the Legacy is an initiative to invite members of the Barry community to engage in reflection, dialogue, and action around topics and themes that are most important to the University’s future. The lectures, conferences, committee projects, and new initiatives launched each year are intentionally designed in response to the growing need to develop Legacy Leaders at Barry. Contemporary social justice issues and communal stances taken by the Adrian Dominican Sisters are highlighted during various programs.

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Adrian Dominican Associate Life

Barry University is committed to developing leaders who are prepared to uphold the vision and legacy of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, our religious sponsors. Hosting the Adrian Dominican Associate Life formation sessions at Barry is an important step in helping us achieve the goal to deepen our understanding of the institution’s Dominican heritage and Adrian Dominican foundation.

Review resources from previous years Associate Life Sessions through resources. You can also learn more by visiting the Adrian Dominican Associates website. If you have any questions or would like to more information, please contact the Office of Mission Engagement at ME@barry.edu or 305-899-3599.

Resources from Previous Years Adrian Dominican Associates

Sustainability Initiatives

Barry’s Mission and Core Commitments call us to recognize the sacredness of Earth and engage in meaningful efforts toward social change. The Adrian Dominican Sisters’ 2016 General Chapter Enactment on climate change says:

Recognizing the violence against Earth community that places our common home in dire jeopardy and intensifies the suffering of people on the margins, future generations and all creation, we will sacrifice to mitigate significantly our impact on climate change and ecological degradation.

In addition, the Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, is Pope Francis’ urgent appeal to the entire world to acknowledge the environmental crisis, to take a hard look at our culture of consumerism and to work together to find and implement viable solutions for the common good. Increasing environmental stresses call each of us and our University to create responses that will support ecological sustainability for future generations.

Get Involved!

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    Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (BEST)

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    Earth Week

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    Sustainability Service Projects

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Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (BEST)

Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (BEST) addresses environmental issues and increases sustainability throughout all of the Barry University campuses and facilities. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend one of the committee’s monthly meetings. One critical aspect of Barry's Core Commitments is an expectation that all members of the Barry community "recognize the sacredness of Earth." This commitment invigorates a spirit of respect for nature and a desire to reduce human consequences to nature. It has also sparked a series of ecological sustainability efforts throughout the University.

BEST members include students, faculty, and staff from across the university, including Academic Affairs, Facilities Management, Center for Community Service Initiatives, Housing and Residence Life, Library, Dining Services, Marketing, and Mission Engagement among others.

For more information or to join BEST, please contact the Office of Mission Engagement at 305-899-3599 or ME@barry.edu.

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Barry Recycles

Barry University is committed to recycling. Empowered by our University Mission and Core Commitment to recognize the sacredness of Earth, and to engage in meaningful efforts toward social change, Barry's Ecological Sustainability Team (BEST) and Recycling Committee partner with Barry's Facilities Management to coordinate and foster recycling practices, education, and events.

Cooperation and support from all members of the campus community is necessary for the success of any recycling program. Through our partnership with Waste Management Services, the university offers single-stream recycling. This means that all recyclable materials go into the same bin, including the following: (only) plastic bottles, aluminum, steel, tin, paper and cardboard.

Campus Recycling Bin Information

The single most important "dos and don'ts" for recycling are: Do and Do not

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Better World Books

If you have unwanted books, DVDs, books on CD in your office, dorm, or at home, and they meet the accepted requirements listed below, please bring them to the library, and they will be shipped to Better World Books. Collection boxes are also located in Garner, Landon, Powers (by School of Education), School of Podiatry, and Thompson.

The books, DVDs, books on CD will be sold; the library will receive 15% of net sale price, and Books for Africa will receive 5% of net sale price. Unsold books will be donated to Books for Africa, or recycled.

Events and Programs

Sustainability Service Projects

Each year, students, faculty, and staff serve the local community through partnerships fostered by the Center for Community Service Initiatives. Opportunities include working in our own Barry Urban Garden (BUG) as well as off campus experiences with local organizations offered throughout the year. A highlight of the annual Earth Week tradition includes Sustainability Saturday, one of the university's four Major Days of Service.

South Florida Sustainability Resources Mini Conference

South Florida Sustainability Resources

There is hardly any aspect of modern life that isn’t affected by the current challenges facing the environment. Barry’s Mission and Core Commitments call us to recognize the sacredness of Earth and engage in meaningful efforts toward social change. 

As we learn more about how human behavior is harming the planet, we’re creating new ways to educate, reflect, and innovate within our campus community. This page provides a curated list of resources, local shops, and organizations in South Florida where students, faculty, and staff can explore and practice an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Ethical Leadership The De Porres Center for Ethical Leadership (DCEL)

Barry University prepares graduates to become 21st century leaders, advocates for social change, and active citizens in their communities. The De Porres Center for Ethical Leadership (DCEL) empowers students to lead through a social justice lens that is grounded in Barry University's Mission and Core Commitments.

Opportunities in leadership education, mentoring, conferences, speakers, and retreats are offered each semester to build professional skills, foster ethical decision-making, and inspire students to get involved in organizations and causes they are passionate about. 

All students are invited to discover their passion and leadership potential through programs such as the Emerging Leaders Program, Ethical Leadership Conferences, and Leadership Adventure.

Theories on leadership and ethics focus on two main things: actions of leaders and their character. Using the traits listed above, our leadership programming focuses on exciting opportunities to develop ethical leaders that have the ability to impact the Barry University community and beyond.

For upcoming programs, follow us on Instagram @barryumission or contact us at leadership@barry.edu.

Ethical leadership encompasses five traits:

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Ethical Leadership Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)

Undergraduate students are invited to participate in a leadership certificate program during the fall semester, which includes self-discovery, team building, and reflection. This cohort program introduces students to the Social Change Model of Leadership Development through fun, hands-on sessions featuring guest speakers and Peer Mentors.

Once participants complete the ELP certificate, students are encouraged to apply for campus leadership positions such as Student Government, Resident Assistant, Service Fellows, Ambassadors, O-Team, and others as well as develop on-going mentoring relationships with upperclassmen, university staff, and faculty.

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  • Session 2: Tuesday, 9/28
  • Session 3 Tuesday, 10/5
  • Session 4: Tuesday, 10/12
  • Session 5: Tuesday, 10/26
  • Session 6 Tuesday, 11/2
Register for ELP ELP Peer Mentor

All sessions will take place from 3-5 pm. Please check back for location updates!

Program Commitment

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    6 leadership sessions during the fall semester

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    2 meetings with Peer Mentor during designated mentoring weeks

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    2 on campus events

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    Complete a day of service

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    2 on campus events

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    Complete a day of service

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Leadership Events & Programs

Student Leader of the Month (SLM)

In an effort to honor our many student leaders, recognize their contributions, and highlight the impact of their leadership at the university, all faculty and staff are invited to nominate a student for the new Student Leader of the Month award!

We prefer that the nominated students hold a 3.0 GPA or above. Please submit a nomination below for an undergraduate or graduate student who exemplifies ethical and inclusive leadership through one or more of the Barry University Characteristics outlined below. 

Nominate Past Student Leaders

The award recipient will be presented with a certificate and a gift card to the Barry Bookstore.

Barry University Characteristics:

  • 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.

Leadership Positions

Barry University prepares graduates to become 21st century leaders, advocates for social change, and active citizens in their communities.

Students who get involved in the various programs and positions below practice leadership skills, create professional networks, build their resumes, and have fun with friends. We encourage you to browse the options and reach out to us if you have any questions.

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

The NSLS is the largest leadership honor society in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at Barry University was started in 2009. Our local chapter is part of the national organization with 700+ chapters and over 1.4 million members. Students are selected based on exemplary academic achievement. 

The NSLS leadership program teaches the interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. Hear directly from current members as they share how their experience has changed their life.

If you become a member, some of the other benefits are:

  • Learn from exceptional leaders like former President Barack Obama during exclusive Speaker Broadcasts.
  • Meet new friends and make lifelong connections (on-campus and virtually).
  • Overcome challenges with success coaches shortcutting your way to success.
  • Access to private networking events.

Visit the NSLS website to learn more about and accept your nomination.

NSLS Current Members Scholarship Opportunities

As of 2021 we have 1,839 members who have access to:

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    More than $400,000 in scholarships.

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    An exclusive NSLS job board.

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    A personalized letter of recommendation.

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    More than $400,000 in scholarships.

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    An exclusive NSLS job board.

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    A personalized letter of recommendation.

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    What do I have to do to become Inducted?

    Our five-step program takes approximately 12 hours over the course of the semester at your pace.

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    Is this recognized on campus?

    We are a Registered Student Organization (RSO). As of 2021, we had 1,839 in our chapter and there are more than 1.4 million members nationwide.

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Resources and Services

Various resources and services are available for departments to use in fostering and furthering Mission education. If you cannot find the resource you need under the categories listed here, please feel free to contact our office at 305-899-3599. You can also email us at ME@barry.edu.

Voices in Mission and Ministry Summer 2018

Mission Engagement Directory!

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