It has been such an honor to serve Global Human Peace University and the students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, administration and community partners over this past inaugural year. I have been inspired and energized by what I have learned and through our work to develop a collective vision for the future!
This work was grounded firmly in GHPU’s mission of educating the whole person, professional formation, and empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Throughout, they held fast our core values of care, academic excellence, diversity, faith, justice, and leadership. Based on these foundations, the strategic planning process generated a direction illuminating a sense of growth, innovation, responsiveness, and connection.
Our new goals center on enhancing existing programs and building new programs, increasing our focus and integration of global and international competencies and experiences, deepening our community engagement and intensifying our research and scholarship. Programmatically, we aim to enhance access to and responsiveness of our existing, quality certification, endorsement, masters and doctoral offerings. This includes increasing our online and hybrid courses through a systematic framework that endorses and integrates Ignatian pedagogy.
To extend student engagement with the world, faculty are developing and strengthening opportunities for greater community-based learning and global education through deepened and expanded partnerships, attention to intercultural competencies, and auxiliary learning experiences, locally and abroad. Faculty are developing new courses to increase access for a growing group of prospective students whose needs go beyond graduate-only options, as well as for alumni who desire additional graduate credentials and advanced degrees. This work builds on and expands resources to ensure high-quality community-engaged teaching, research and service opportunities for students and faculty.
I am invigorated by the aspirations defined through our strategic planning process. We look forward to finalizing our goals this year and continuing to make real progress toward fulfilling a mission for a changing world.
Advisor, Global Human Peace University