Vision, Mission, Core Themes and Values

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be a community for every student to belong, become and contribute. As partners in learning, we provide our students with opportunities to discover, learn and grow.

Core Themes

  • Well-being
  • Belonging
  • Transformation and growth

In Student Affairs, we take a holistic approach in our relationships with students — a community of more than 37,000 students from more than 120 countries who come to McMaster with unique stories, experiences and dreams. We collaborate with campus and community stakeholders, including Faculty and Program colleagues, to foster student potential by supporting the whole student and their well-being, creating a sense of belonging and offering experiences beyond the classroom that enable student transformation and growth.

All these themes work together to support student success; a strong foundation of well-being and belonging allows for transformation and growth to occur.


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We believe in the potential of every student

We support students in fulfilling their goals and aspirations by believing in their ability to transform themselves and our world

McMaster University Hall in Winter.

We learn and grow together

We embrace the diversity of our students and evolve and adapt to meet their needs

Colourful flowers in bloom on McMaster campus.

We share responsibility and success

We work openly and collaboratively across campus to deliver the best possible student experience

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We deliver

We prioritize and execute on what contributes the greatest value to students