At the University of Lynchburg, active participation in academic life is essential to each student’s education. Similarly, active engagement in campus life, out-of-classroom learning opportunities, and recreation are essential to students’ development as individuals, community contributors, and leaders. Consistent with the University’s educational mission, the offices of Student Development promote student success through engaged co-curricular learning and by fostering an inclusive, dynamic campus community.
Student Development offers diverse opportunities for students to engage in campus life and to experience self-discovery and personal development. Through on-campus living, cultural and social activities, membership in clubs and organizations, community service, intramural and club sports, spiritual life activities, and promotion of personal wellness, students enhance their intellectual abilities, physical and mental well-being, teamwork, inclusion, communication and leadership skills, commitment to community engagement, and readiness to achieve personal and career goals.
Student Development staff endeavor to enhance campus life and students’ University experiences in three primary areas:
- Community Development;
- Student Involvement and Leadership; and
- Well-being and Belonging
Community Development provides transformative experiences through active living-learning opportunities in the University’s varied on-campus residential facilities for undergraduate students. Community Development also includes intentional engagement in the campus and greater Lynchburg City communities, as well as upholding community expectations through personal responsibility and accountability, conflict resolution, and reparation of harm caused to the community.
Student Involvement and Leadership
Student Involvement and Leadership facilitate students’ engagement in the University’s diverse campus community through participation in clubs and organizations, development of leadership skills, and enjoyment of social and recreational opportunities in Drysdale Student Center.
Well-being and Belonging
Well-being and Belonging promote both individual and community well-being through proactive and preventive education, intervention, and support. This collaborative model of integrative wellness includes Case Management, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Intramural and Club Sports, Outdoor Recreation and Leadership, the Spiritual Life Center, and Wellness and Health Promotion.
Central to the University of Lynchburg’s effective educational environment and enjoyable campus life is a shared commitment to integrity, diversity, and an inclusive community in which all students, faculty, and staff are welcomed and respected. Student Development collaborates with campus partners, such as Campus Safety and Security and the Office of Equity and Inclusion, to enhance students’ opportunities for co-curricular learning and engagement in campus life.