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Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Priorities



VISION: We will deliver world-class programs that provide a humanistic experiential learning environment preparing a diverse community of learners to be compassionate and dedicated professionals for careers within the health and human services’ professions.

MISSION: We are committed to advancing the science and practice of the health and human services’ professions that transform lives through teaching, research, service, and dynamic partnerships to serve the community and beyond.   

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Belonging, and Accessibility (DEIBA): We resolve to promote and maintain a positive and inclusive culture that honors and respects the dignity, uniqueness, and worth of each person. We empower all members to optimally participate in our mission through teaching, research, service, and the dynamic partnerships. Our humanistic learning environment within the college, university, and community is essential in preparing all students to become competent and ethical health and human services professionals who can interact effectively in our multicultural society.


  1. Courage:
    • Be willing to take risks.
    • doing what is right is not always easy.
  2. Excellence:
    • Achieve the highest quality in all that we do
  3. Empowerment:
    • Support and inspire individuals to fulfill their potential.
    • Engage and empower members of our community around themes of sustainability
  4. Innovation:
    • Imagine and apply bold, creative approaches.
    • Explore new dynamic partnerships to serve the community and beyond.
  5. Integrity & Respect:
    • Exemplify highest personal and professional ethical principles.
    • Value collegiality, and civil and respectful communications
  6. Leadership:
    • Inspire through vision and challenging others to effect positive change.


  1. Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Belonging, and Accessibility (DEIBA): Foster a humanistic inclusive environment that drives innovation, learning, and performance where individual differences are valued, clear communication provided in all interactions, and cross-cultural relations are recognized to meet unique needs of our students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  2. Education: Provide evidence-based, innovative curricula to support student success that ensures competent, contemporary health and human services’ professionals that will influence the health of the region, the state, and beyond by preparing them to continue to grow in skills and knowledge over their lifetime of practice.
  3. Scholarship: Provide support and recognize multiple forms of scholarship that will increase research and scholarly outputs of faculty and students.
  4. Community Outreach & Engagement: Expand our presence in the community through facilitation of mutual and beneficial partnerships and engagement with local, regional, and state, and global stakeholders.
  5. Professional Development: Provide opportunities, resources, and support to assist faculty and staff in achieving excellence in teaching and learning, ethics, patient-centered care, and professional success.
  6. Wellness: Create a culture of wellness in which the College of Health and Human Services community functions optimally, finds joy, and thrives.

Contact Us
(989) 964-4145(989) 964-4145
(989) 964-4024


Marcia Mastracci Ditmyer, PhD., M.B.A., M.S.

Acting Assistant Dean

Catherine A. Macomber, PhD., LMSW

Acting Assistant Dean

Jeremy Knous, PhD.


Health & Human Services Dean's Office, H260
University Center, MI-48710


8:00 am - 4:30 pm