ACUI & Role of the College Union

Student Center Operations is a proud and active member of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).

ACUI is the association of choice for Student Union/Student Center/Student Activities professionals and students on more than 1200 college campuses across the US and world.

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Role of the College Union

Updated and adopted in 1996, The Role of the College Union is a pivotal statement about our core mission and purpose. While not being called a Student Union, the Role both informs our mission and drives our process. The role of the Student Center is the same as any Student Union on any college campus and helps us be an active member of a larger community of peers. ACUI The union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college.

The union is an integral part of the educational mission of the college. As the center of the college community life, the union complements the academic experience through an extensive variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs. These programs provide the opportunity to balance course work and free time as cooperative factors in education. The union is a student-centered organization that values participatory decision-making. Through volunteerism, its boards, committees, and student employment, the union offers first-hand experience in citizenship and educates students in leadership, social responsibility, and values.  In all its processes, the union encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness. The union's goal is the development of persons as well as intellects.

Traditionally considered the "hearthstone" or "living room" of the campus, today's union is the gathering place of the college. The union provides services and conveniences that members of the college community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations. The union serves as a unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity. The union fosters a sense of community that cultivates enduring loyalty to the college. Adapted from the Association of College Unions International.