The Valpo Shield of Character is one of the most important and powerful symbols of Valparaiso University. It was developed in response to the strong themes that emerged out of the research on campus culture, student and alumni experiences, and the University’s Lutheran identity.
The Shield of Character is a representation of the Valpo Character, the elemental “DNA” typically found in Valpo students, faculty, staff, and alumni. These elements contain a strong link to the University’s Lutheran identity while bringing a sense of constitution from all faiths, traditions, and backgrounds as stated in the University’s vision.
At the Shield of Character’s center is the Light, the source of all truth, serving as a reminder of who we are and what we strive to be. The Shield of Character reflects what we protect and defend as an interconnected Valpo community: the common set of shared characteristics and values found among those who live and work here and those who have walked this campus.
Members of the Valpo community should wear the Shield of Character pin with pride. In wearing the pin, Valpo students, faculty, staff and alumni are asked to protect, reflect and defend our shared values. These values are embodied in the Shield of Character, calling each of us to question and to pursue truth freely; to take part in the exchange of ideas with members of our community, and with the rest of humanity; and to transform our intellect and compassion into action.