The Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT) is comprised of the directors of the functional units within the division of Student Affairs. SALT has developed the following 5 strategic priorities for the units, programs and functional areas within the division. The Strategic Priorities are reviewed on an annual basis in addition to regular tracking and development of initiatives that support the achievement of the priorities. Examples of some of the initiatives that support the priorities are listed below.
Elevate student influence in the life of the University community.
Examples: Host the Dean of Students Advisory Group (DoSAGe) on a regular basis.Undertake a review of Community Councils and their work to find new opportunities to increase the influence of residential students on the residential experience Increase SGA's formal roles in major campus events/programs Advancing the number of student organizations, councils and governing bodies to have a voice in processes and procedures
Advance equity, diversity and inclusion for all students via personal interactions and programming.
Examples: Introduce the Community Commitment of Individual Worth into conversations around equity, diversity, and inclusion. Hold at least three interest meetings with students around the creation of possible identity based organizations. Create a residence life specific EDI initiative that compliments the division’s own effort, including integrating into forthcoming new programming model.Increase support of international students. Launch shared learning outcomes for leadership development that include curriculum on "Gaining Cultural Competency"
Evidence student learning and development in the co-curricular experience.
Examples: Implement and develop a revised a new programming model that simplifies around the core concepts of student learning and development from the residential living experience.Complete ongoing assessments that evidence student learning through the Counseling experienceEnhance current and develop new monthly leadership development opportunities for student leaders under the purview of the Division of Student Affairs Create archived leadership resources (presentations, programs, newsletters) for student to access.
Develop and reveal a Christian perspective in programs and services to demonstrate a living faith.
Examples: Creation of the spiritual vitamins program that includes a regular twitter feed from Fitness & Recreation.Develop at least one new campus-wide program that reflects the Christian character of the university Launch a monthly convocation series reflecting the corresponding outcomes for Leadership Development using a Christian perspective.Addition of prayer at events such as intramurals, camping trips, etc.
Improve students’ health, safety resilience and preparedness to care for themselves via programs, services and policies.
Examples: Create a Sexual Assault Response Network in regards to report incidents and receiving support. Create new web pages with information on responding to Sexual Assault for students, parents and faculty/staff.Increase the training focus on suicide intervention, drug use, and helping skills for both residence directors and resident assistants to allow them to better deal with increasing difficult situations in the above mentioned areas.Develop passive messaging campaign highlighting stress reduction techniques for students.Implement the QPR initiative to empower partners within the University community to respond to suicidal students.Increase drug and alcohol resources for students by partnering with Vanderbilt VITA program.Include self-care in programs and trainings for student leadersElevate the campus' awareness of the StAR Program and Protocols.