St. Cloud State University’s Student Life and Development has transformed to become the Division of Student Affairs.
At colleges and universities across the U.S., student affairs professionals are passionate about creating engaged student experiences focused on holistic and inclusive approaches to supporting student success. The new name reflects the transformative work the division has undertaken to fully integrate It’s Time institutional initiatives in conjunction with the national standards of student affairs as a profession.
Student Life and Development, now the Division of Student Affairs, was created in 1972 when President Charles Graham formed the division based on recommendations of the SCSU Student Affairs Commission Study and student needs at the time.
“The purpose of our name change and the development of our new mission, values and learning outcomes is intentional in addressing current higher education challenges, and as a result, provides the opportunity to be bold, innovative and focused in how we create an individualized and engaged student experience,” said Vice President of Division of Student Affairs, Dr. Katrina Rodriguez. “We aspire to lead the way and utilize our individual and collective expertise to elevate our integration of It’s Time initiatives in supporting St. Cloud State University in creating a distinctive university for our students.”
Aligned with It’s Time, the mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to provide inclusive, individualized care that empowers students to thrive. In this way, staff are focused on student support and removing barriers, integrating diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion in all dimensions, and creating opportunities to elevate student learning and holistic development in the co-curricular, extra-curricular, and curricular arenas.
“At St. Cloud State, the departments within the Division of Student Affairs provide services and programs that support student well-being, with a focus on affirming cultural and affinity communities, promoting the residential living experience, providing a broad spectrum of campus engagement opportunities, and fostering a safe campus community through values-centered accountability,” Dr. Rodriguez said.
The Division of Student Affairs celebrated the launch of its new name with a reception on Nov. 10 in the Atwood Memorial Center. Learn more about the Division of Student Affairs, its departments and the services it provides to St. Cloud State University students and campus.
Division of Student Affairs Reception Photo Gallery