The mission statement of a student organization at The Catholic University of America is integral to determining both the organization's goals and identifying how the organization supports the University's mission.
"As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, founded and sponsored by the bishops of the country with the approval of the Holy See, The Catholic University of America is committed to being a comprehensive Catholic and American institution of higher learning, faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ as handed on by the Church. Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world." -Mission Statement of the Catholic University of America
The Office of Campus Activities and the University expect that organizations will support the ideals of the Catholic Church.
"As a Catholic university, it desires to cultivate and impart an understanding of the Christian faith within the context of all forms of human inquiry and values." - Aims of The Catholic University of America
An organization's missions statement must make apparent
- its long term purpose
- its short term goal(s)
- how the organization fits within the context of the University's mission statement
- how the organization demonstrates a commitment to service either concurrently or in addition to its other stated goals
The support, both financially and through professional assistance, that the University offers to student organizations is contingent upon an organization's willingness to engage in service; it is expected that all organizations will reserve time for activities that display the ideals of Christian charity.