Embedded in the rich intellectual setting of Vanderbilt, OACS aims to support the university to achieve an undergraduate experience that exposes students to a wide variety of perspectives and experiences aimed at educating the whole person while cultivating lifelong learning. This is done by creating applied community service experiences that give every undergraduate an opportunity to engage, to question, and to create change locally and globally. OACS creates trans-institutional programming, including programs that embrace the centrality of public health, community development, and other thematic experiences central to the strategic mission of the university. OACS supports and advises students and student service groups in their activities and through leveraging and embedding the use of digital technology to foster interaction and learning between students and the communities in which they serve. This is succinctly reflected in the OACS motto:
EXPLORE. ACT. REFLECT.
The following principles inform all work that OACS undertakes and focus both message and practice.
OACS expresses a commitment to the living-learning community through:
- Humble service
- Critical reflection
- Action for global justice
- Informed participation
- Acknowledging personal privilege
- Empathy & human dignity
- Personal accountability
Led by these core guiding principles, the office developed primary learning outcomes for 2014-15. The outcomes are in place to drive programs and initiatives, ensuring that proper assessment practices are developed and followed.
OACS Primary Learning Outcomes, 2014-15