OACS equips members of the Vanderbilt community to move beyond the physical boundaries of Vanderbilt’s campus in order to meaningfully and ethically engage with communities in the pursuit of a more just and compassionate world.
Core Guiding Principles
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 and human dignity
- Personal accountability
Primary Learning Outcomes
Led by these core guiding principles, the office developed primary learning outcomes in 2014-15. The outcomes are in place to drive programs and initiatives, ensuring that proper assessment practices are developed and followed.
- Increase commitment to peace and social justice.
- Understand that reflection leads to greater learning and continual improvement.
- Critically examine one’s own values, beliefs, and personal ethics in an interconnected world.
- Deepen respect for human dignity and inspire action with empathy.
- Actively seek out knowledge to be an informed participant in society.
- Challenge assumptions of personal privilege.
- Respect diverse perspectives.
- Broaden the depth of active listening.
- Hold oneself accountable for actions and decisions.
OACS is housed within the Office of the Provost. More about the Office of the Provost can be found here