Office for University Mission and Heritage
Established in 2004, the Office for University Mission and Heritage assists the Saint Xavier University community to become more focused on, intentional about, and accountable for pursuing its educational mission as a Catholic and Mercy institution.
Accordingly, the Office for University Mission and Heritage has a threefold focus:
- Supporting and contributing to the academic excellence of the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs
- Promoting and deepening the University community’s understanding of and engagement with Saint Xavier’s Catholic identity; and
- Fostering and enlivening the University community’s appreciation for and embodiment of Saint Xavier’s Mercy heritage, past and present.
To advance these aims, the Office for University Mission and Heritage (UMH) sponsors a variety of programs and events for both the University and the neighboring communities. Primary emphasis, however, falls on endeavors designed to acquaint faculty, staff, and students with the many dimensions of Saint Xavier’s Catholic identity and Mercy character. Beyond mere acquaintance, UMH seeks to help members of the University community appropriate and deepen those two dimensions of Saint Xavier’s institutional ethos and mission.
Collaboration is key to UMH effectiveness. At Saint Xavier, such collaboration stretches across all areas of University life. In particular, UMH regularly works with offices engaged in orientation programs for students, staff, and faculty, as well as with academic programs related to mission-centered opportunities.
Beyond Saint Xavier, UMH is active with national organizations committed to Catholic and faith-based higher education. Among these organizations are the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE), and the Lilly Fellows Program. UMH encourages faculty and staff participation in and presentations at the annual ACCU conference and the biennial CMHE conference. SXU’s administrative and faculty representatives to the Lilly Fellows Program also work closely with or are members of the UMH staff.
UMH activities and events are funded through grants, SXU funds, and an endowment created by the Sisters of Mercy and many generous donors.