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Mission, vision, values

Mission SPEA works to build a better world by helping people solve complex problems at the crossroads of policy, management, and science. We promote sound decisions, well-managed organizations, just, healthy societies, and a sustainable environment through education, scholarship, and civic engagement. We give our students the knowledge and skills to have a significant impact in diverse settings around the globe.
Vision Our commitment is shaped by these shared and guiding beliefs:
  • All people deserve to live in thriving and sustainable communities.
  • Strong, healthy communities depend on well-educated, innovative, ethical leaders and informed and engaged citizens.
  • Creative, current, and rigorous research informs sound decision-making.
  • Leaders need both relevant information and the skills necessary to interpret and use information and data effectively.
  • Successful leaders must be able to bridge public, private, and nonprofit sector boundaries.
  • Conversation and collaboration among individuals with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills leads to more vibrant ideas and solutions.
Core Values SPEA’s professionals engage in teaching, research and service in all areas of public and environmental affairs. SPEA mobilizes cross-disciplinary expertise to promote solutions to complex problems in the public interest.