Public Affairs Mission

On June 15, 1995, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan signed into law Senate Bill 340 which gave Missouri State University a statewide mission in public affairs. This mission defines a primary way in which a Missouri State education is different from that of other universities and one way by which we educate our students to imagine the future.

Ethical Leadership

Goal: Students will articulate their value systems, act ethically within the context of a democratic society, and demonstrate engaged and principled leadership. Missouri State is fueling their students by helping them understand the ethical dimensions of leadership, taking what they learn in the classrooms, and using that to help solve problems and bring about change.

Cultural Competence

Goal: Students will recognize and respect multiple perspectives and cultures. Missouri State helps students develop cultural knowledge in several ways. Study abroad programs, interactions with international students, opportunities to study different languages, and studying histories and religions all help students broaden their horizons, build lasting relationships, and bring about better competition for the future.

Community Engagement

Goal: Students will recognize the importance of contributing their knowledge and experiences to their own community and the broader society. Community engagement lets students branch out and see how the world is working through a different lens, giving them the opportunity to work with their communities and build up their ability to lead in their careers.

Learn more about our mission

Visit the Public Affairs website to learn more about this unique mission of Missouri State University.