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.

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.

Adrian Dominican Institute for Mission and Leadership

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.

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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.

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

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.
    • Ex-Library Copies
    • College Textbooks (published within past 10 years)
    • Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible Books (e.g. Special Collections)
    • Dictionaries and Thesauruses
    • Children’s Books
    • Hardcover Fiction and Non-fiction
    • CDs, DVDs, Books on CD, and Video Games*
    • Mass Market Paperbacks
    • Travel Books (published within past 3 years)
    • Foreign Language Books (in Western Script)
    • Only complete sets with original case art.

    For more information, contact Merlene Nembhard @ 305.899.4051, or mnembhard@barry.edu.

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

Events and Programs

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 De Porres Center for Ethical and Inclusive Leadership

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 and Inclusive Leadership 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.

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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

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