Mission Statement

Vision Statement:

The Harre Union at Valparaiso University will be a lively destination at the heart of the Crusader education because of the state of the art facilities, high quality services, wide ranging student activities, and life impacting experiences.

Mission Statement:

The Valparaiso University Harre Union department provides a comprehensive program of social, cultural, recreational, spiritual, and educational activities and services that complement the mission of the University. As the community center for the University’s campus life, the Union is a dynamic, innovative, inclusive, and inviting gathering place for students, faculty, staff, and the extended University family and guests.

In addition, the VU Union supports the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) statement on the Role of the College Union.  We affirm that the Union is at the center of college community life, the Union is a student-centered organization, and the Union encourages self-directed activity and opportunities for growth.


-The Union and student activities will serve as a cornerstone resource and partner for student organizations, campus departments, affiliates, and community organizations in the development and implementation of successful programs.


-The Union will provide a premier student employment experience on campus that students value and actively seek out in order to gain and refine vital personal and professional skills.


-The Union staff will offer excellent customer service, and an experience that makes significant contributions to the success of individuals and organizations.


-The Union will evolve its facilities, services, and programs with our growing and changing student population, and other constituents, as expected by the users of the University’s primary gathering and programming place.


-The Union and student activities will develop a diverse set of programs for students and the campus community that build friendships, and enhances connections to peers, the University, and the larger community.




Created and Affirmed - August 2014

Learning Outcomes – March 2015

Updated - June 2015