Our Mission

The mission of the UCCS School of Public Affairs is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad, through collaborative governance, public service innovation, community engagement, and research.


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To accomplish this mission, we strive to:

  1. Improve the quality of public, nonprofit, criminal justice, and national security systems.
  2. Educate leaders to meet societal challenges with compassion, vision, analytic rigor, and practicality.
  3. Foster critical thinking and decision-making, effective and confident communication, creative problem-solving, knowledge management, and global citizenship.
  4. Create, build, and maintain connections with current, past and future students and all the communities we serve.
  5. Ground our decisions and actions in integrity, diversity, collaboration, and excellence.
  6. Support and model civil public discourse, citizenship, responsibility, and respect.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Vision

We endorse a belief that our differences make us better educators, researchers, and community advocates. To do so, we cultivate a professional atmosphere that equips students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to lead critical conversations, create inclusive and equitable environments, and guide public service processes with the knowledge and confidence to address and empower a public that represent the full spectrum of human experience. Alongside the principles and practice of equity, diversity, and inclusion, the School of Public Affairs promotes empathetic action and compassionate dialogue within and beyond the walls of our physical space.