Student Development

College Hall, Office 120
509-313-4100    
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life

Mission Statement

Grounded by the University mission, the Division of Student Development provides educational opportunities and services that transform student’s lives.

We achieve this through priorities of:

  • Finding Purpose
  • Developing resilience
  • Cultivating intercultural competence
  • Promoting well-being and healthy living

As Student Development professionals we are committed to this work because we believe Gonzaga students, as individuals and in community, are on a quest for self-knowledge and character formation.  We live out our calling to journey with them during this life-long transformation: “Transforming Together”

Student Development Vision Statement

We envision a community where students LIVE the University’s mission.

Offices

The Division of Student Development is led by the Vice President of Student Development and includes the Assistant Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Well-Being and Healthy Living, and Dean of Student Engagement. The following programs, offices, and departments:

The Office of Community Standards (OCS) Crosby Center 202
509-313-4009
ocs@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/osc
The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP) Crosby Center 216
509-313-2227
ccp@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/ccp
Health & Counseling Services 704 East Sharp Ave.
509-313-4052
studenthealth@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/healthandcounseling
Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor)
509-313-5847
lgbt@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-services/lgbtq-resources
Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor & Lower Level)
509-313-6824
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/community-engagement-and-service
Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC) Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor)
509-313-5836
umec@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/UMEC
Transfer, Veterans, and Returning Adult Services Hemmingson Center (2nd Floor)
509-313-5606
nontrad@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-services/veterans-military-connected-students
Student Involvement and Leadership Hemmingson Center (3rd Floor)
509-313-6123
studentactivites@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/student-groups-activities
Career & Professional Development Crosby Center First Floor
509-313-4234
careers@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/careers
Office of Investigation and Inquiry
College Hall 120
509-313-3998
www.gonzaga.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/equity-inclusion/title-ix
Office of Health Promotion Crosby Center 206
509-313-5923
ohp@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/ohp
Academic Events College Hall 018
509-313-3572
www.gonzaga.edu/academics/academic-calendar-resources/academic-events

The Office of Community Standards (OCS)

The Office of Community Standards is responsible for administration of the Student Code of Conduct, which contains the University’s standards of conduct, expectations, and policies. The University seeks to create an environment conducive to living and learning together, and Gonzaga’s expectations go beyond what is required for maintaining public order, both on and off-campus. All students should review the Student Code of Conduct, published at www.gonzaga.edu/osc.

Should alleged misconduct occur, the Office of Community Standards staff meet with students in settings such as one-on-one meetings, restorative justice circles, and University Conduct Board panels. Meetings are structured within the framework of Gonzaga’s Jesuit identity and findings are based on a preponderance of the information. Conduct outcomes balance the needs of the individual student and the University community.

The Office of Community Standards also conducts investigations, provides conflict resolution services, and offers education and training on topics such as setting community expectations. For more information, contact the Office of Community Standards at ocs@gonzaga.edu, or 509-313-4009.

The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP)

The Center for Cura Personalis (CCP) exists to empower students to be their best selves. Cura Personalis means care for the whole person and our case managers are here to meet one-on-one with students, support them in dealing with life’s challenges and help connect them to useful offices and resources both on and off campus.  Case managers at Gonzaga operate in a non-clinical capacity which means they do not provide counseling or therapy to students, though will quickly outreach to students who are struggling and connect students to resources for additional support. Case managers aim to build self-advocacy skills and promote personal growth through individualized meetings in a comfortable, private setting.  If you or a fellow student are struggling, but not sure where to start, Case Management is a great option for you. 

 

Learn more by visiting gonzaga.edu/CCP or calling us at (509) 313-2227.

Health & Counseling Services

Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. The Health & Counseling Services staff have a strong focus on wellness and want students to benefit fully from Gonzaga’s Jesuit education.  Our Board Certified Family Physicians, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and Counselors are here to give you their expertise and care in a confidential setting. Our clinicians are able to diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, provide psychological counseling, and support students with long-term health concerns.  For our hours, more details on available services, costs and billing, please visit our website. 

Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center at Gonzaga University is inspired and guided by the university mission and values of faith, service, justice, leadership, and ethics.  It aims to serve as a center for supporting community, networking, research, and education related to concerns shared by students, staff, and faculty of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.  The center welcomes all to participate in upcoming events and programs in an effort to collectively learn and actively promote social justice.    

Center for Community Engagement (CCE)

For over twenty years CCE has been putting Gonzaga’s mission into action through a wide spectrum of volunteer and community engaged learning projects. CCE’s programs offer you the opportunity to develop a personal commitment to service, social justice, and leadership. We take seriously the Jesuit mission of forming “women and men for and with others.” You can find our office in the Hemmingson Center. CCE serves as a resource center for students, faculty, alumni, and community partners. 

Housed within The Center are the following programs and initiatives:

Community-Engaged Learning

Gonzaga University has offered community-engaged learning (also known as service-learning) courses for over 20 years. These classes are taught across the curriculum and offered by the various schools, including the Law School. Over 1500 students are actively engaged in community-engaged learning each year. This office coordinates service fairs each semester which invite non-profit agencies to campus to share opportunities and recruit student volunteers.

Gonzaga's Youth Programs & Initiatives

For over 20 years, the Center for Community Engagement has paired well-trained and passionate college students together with school-aged youth from the Spokane community. Started in 1995 with the creation of Campus Kids at Stevens and Logan Elementary, CCE's Youth Programs & Initiatives have expanded by leaps and bounds. Today, we run 7 distinct mentoring programs in 13 Spokane Public Schools, with approximately 350 Gonzaga students serving over 700 youth.

Weekly Student Engagement Volunteering

We have many ways for you to volunteer alongside other Gonzaga students addressing a variety of local community issues. You can serve meals with Campus Kitchens, form a community with adults with disabilities with Gonzaga University Specialized Recreation, or serve weekly at a local non-profit with your peers through the Zag Volunteer Corps Semester of Service program.

Zag Volunteer Corps (ZVC) Program

Join the ZVC Semester of Service program and serve weekly at a local non-profit organization.  Partner organizations engage students in a range of projects serving youth, senior citizens, or members of the homeless community.  

If you don’t have the ability to serve weekly throughout the semester, consider participating in a ZVC Saturday of Service project. You can serve once a month with a group of fellow students all over the city with our half-day Saturdays of service.  This will give you a chance to work with various non-profits serving youth, helping construct homes, building trails, serving meals and much more.

Wolff Fellowship Program

Wolff Fellows co-design projects with local community-based organizations that build community capacity and strengthen partnerships between Gonzaga and the host agency.  Projects are designed around CCE's six Arrupe Engagement Pathways: Advocacy & Awareness, Community-Engaged Learning & Research, Direct Service, Faith & Justice, Philanthropy, Policy & Politics, and/or Social Innovation. Through their unique projects, Wolff Fellows explore the connection between their disciplinary/career interests and public service, learn about community needs and assets, and partner with community organizations to build community capacity.

Service Immersion Programs

During winter or spring break, you can commit a week to serving in communities all over the country, from New York City to San Francisco and many in between. Our immensely popular service immersion programs, Mission: Possible and Justice in January, send groups of students across the country to serve, learn and engage in a diverse set of communities. We also provide an international immersion each summer.  

Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC)

UMEC provides educational opportunities that cultivate mindfulness, intercultural development, and support the benefits of a pluralistic and inclusive environment.  This office desires to meet the needs of a fluid demographic and provide the Gonzaga community with educational and social opportunities to raise cultural awareness. UMEC welcomes all to participate in upcoming events and programs in an effort to collectively learn and actively promote social justice.

On-going programs throughout the year include:

  • BRIDGE (pre-orientation)
  • LEADS Mentoring
  • Multicultural Honors Society
  • Speakers Series
  • Diversity Monologues
  • Spring Break Alternatives (immersion programs)
  • InterGroup Dialogue (IGD)

Transfer, Veteran, and Returning Adult Services

This office serves as your central point of information and provides you with the opportunity and resources to address any questions or concerns you may have about being a transfer, veteran, or returning adult student at Gonzaga University. We understand that transfer, veteran, and returning adult students face unique challenges when returning to college. We are committed to supporting your successful transition to college and to connecting you to the services available at Gonzaga to support your educational journey. We value and appreciate the diverse skills, talent, and knowledge that you bring to Gonzaga University. 

Student Involvement and Leadership

Student Involvement and Leadership is dedicated to inspiring and empowering students! The Department of Student Involvement is home to:

  • The Graduate Student Council (GSC)
  • The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA)
  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Gonzaga Outdoors
  • Payne Center for Leadership Development
  • SpikeNites
  • Student Media

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is comprised of a president and council, who represent the various graduate programs at Gonzaga, the GSC acts as the conduit for voicing student (both on campus and online) concerns to the administration and seeks to improve graduate education and student life at Gonzaga University.  The GSC encourages scholarship and professional development by administering scholarships to students attending and/or presenting at conferences.  The GSC also organizes many academic and social events throughout the year.

The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA) is committed to helping students. Through programs, sponsorships, events, and other academic and social activities, GSBA strives to meet the student's needs. GSBA partners with student clubs and organizations to offer an array of events, from weekly coffeehouse artists, to guest speakers and lectures, and even big name concerts like Yellowcard and Ben Folds. GSBA also offers everyday programs like the Partnership in Education Readership Program, Safe Ride, the Wall, and much more! Most importantly, GSBA acts as the voice of the students to the administration. GSBA prides itself on a strong relationship with the faculty and administration which helps students' voice their concerns and suggestions. Need more information, a GSBA form, curious about GSBA funding or painting the wall?  Visit the GSBA website at www.gogsba.org

Student Clubs and Organizations:  Gonzaga currently has over 130 active and recognized student clubs that cover a wide range of interest. GSBA and the office of Student Involvement and Leadership work together to provide support and services for all student clubs and their members.
Visit the Zagtivities site to view all the clubs and organizations that are available, and to learn how to sign up! Curious about starting a club? Check out Gonzaga's Student Group Policy. If you have questions about guidelines, policies, processes and/or resources for Gonzaga University Student Groups, check out the Gonzaga University Student Group Manual. For more information visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/getinvolved

Gonzaga Outdoors strives to keep the outdoors as accessible as possible by providing inexpensive gear rentals, subsidized outdoor adventures, and educational clinics.  Their goal is to give as many students as possible the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful local surroundings. A few of the activities offered by Gonzaga Outdoors focus on: Skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, biking, fishing, rock climbing, and more.
The Gonzaga Outdoors office is located in lower Hemmingson. Contact us at 509-313-4189 or outdoors@gonzaga.edu

The Terry Payne Leadership Resource Center engages and supports all students seeking to develop their leadership potential and inspire positive change on campus and in their local and global communities.  Our programs, services and resources offer students a deeper understanding of leadership in the Jesuit context of knowing self, building community, and impacting our world. We are also home to the Experiential Leadership Institute, a year-long leadership program for sophomore students.
Gonzaga's Community of Leaders is comprised of over 800 student leaders who facilitate, manage, and impact positive change for over 100 student clubs and organizations.  The Payne Center helps students make meaning from their leadership experience and transform that learning into valuable lifelong leadership skills.
The Payne Center for Leadership Development offers a variety of services including:

  • Student Leadership Summits
  • SIL interns
  • Leadership Workshops and Consulting
  • Access to personal leadership inventories
  • Guest speakers and professionals in the field
  • Library of Leadership Resources

For more information visit our web-site at www.gonzaga.edu/leadership-resource-center
SpikeNites is the late night programming series in Hemmingson Center. Every Friday and Saturday from 10pm-2am SpikeNites will feature free movies, video game tournaments, comedians, special events and late night food options. Learn more about SpikeNites on Zagtivities.

Career & Professional Development

Career and Professional Development (CPD) helps students clarify and attain their educational and career goals by 1) developing a collaborative, community-wide network of career educators, 2) offering relevant and meaningful services and programs to foster and support their success, and 3) teaching them how to navigate lifelong career development.

CPD Services

  • Individual Career Counseling & Advising: Schedule an appointment over the phone, by email or online at www.gonzaga.joinhandshake.com. Open hours: 1-4pm Monday-Friday
  • Career Lab: Monthly lunch hour career development workshop with free pizza! Held on the first Wednesday of each month during the school year. 
  • Career Assessments: Self-Directed Search, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Card Sorts, Career Thoughts Inventory and more 
  • Etiquette Dinner: Event highlighting proper dining and business etiquette
  • Speed Mock Interviews: Practice your interview skills with employer representatives
  • Workshops and Presentations: Representatives from Career & Professional Development regularly conduct workshops and seminars on career development around campus
  • Internship 101: Learn how to prepare yourself, and find and develop internship opportunities related to your career goals 
  • Business Cards: Order Gonzaga branded student business cards through CPD

On-line Resources

  • CareerShift: Job and internship posting board that facilitates communication with employers and serves as a job search document repository and disseminator
  • GoinGlobal: Provides country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings, H1B employer listings, corporate profiles, and career resources for 30 countries
  • Handshake: Gonzaga's online career tool kit that lists job openings and employers specifically for Gonzaga students and alumni
  • iNet: Join iNet, an internship recruitment consortium created and shared by: Duke, Georgetown, Gonzaga University, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Northwestern, Rice, Penn, USF, USC, and Yale. Find internship opportunities with high-profile and industry leading organizations
  • InterviewStream: Practice your interview skills by video recording yourself answering a variety of industry-specific questions on InterviewStream
  • What Can I do With This Major: Database of career paths related to academic major

Career Fairs

CPD hosts several career fairs throughout the year including:
  • All Majors Career & Internship Fair (October)
  • Engineering and Computer Science Career & Internship Fair (October)
  • FUSE Career Fair (February/March)
  • School of Education Career Fair (March)
  • Graduate and Professional School Fair (March) 

Career Treks

CPD organizes regional career development and networking events in popular geographic areas.  Treks include visits to employers and opportunities for students to network with alumni and parents in the following locations:
  • New York City (September/October)
  • Spokane (October)
  • London (January) 
  • Portland (January)
  • Seattle (January)
  • San Francisco (March)
  • Silicon Valley (March)
  • Denver/Los Angeles (May/June alternating years)

Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program (GAMP) is a career development and networking resource for students and alumni. This award winning program assists students in exploring alternative career fields and in developing a personal network of contacts by matching them with alumni mentors. The program has almost 3000 participating alumni that represent a broad range of careers, experiences, and geographical locations. These mentors are willing to help students clarify academic and career decisions with real-world knowledge and experience. By taking part in this program students will gain realistic and current information from Gonzaga graduates. They will also begin to develop the relationships they will need to help in the transition from school to the professional world of work. This program is intended for all majors and students are encouraged to use these services throughout their college experience.

Office of Investigation and Inquiry

This office works in conjunction with the Director of Title IX and the Office of Community Standards (OCS), to conduct inquiry and/or investigation of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct as related to sexual misconduct or Sexual Harassment. Investigations are conducted through trauma informed practices and are unbiased.

At times, the Office of Investigations and Inquiry is used to complete larger scale investigation not involving Title IX or sexual misconduct. These cases typically involve complex student conduct issues involving multiple parties (complainants and respondents).

Office of Health Promotion

The Office of Health Promotion (OHP) envisions a campus environment that fosters health and well-being. We believe all students deserve opportunities to learn and practice strategies that will help them thrive at Gonzaga and beyond. The professional Health Educators of this area partner with student well-being interns to lead initiatives, create programs, deliver trainings, and identify services and spaces that promote positive, holistic well-being and reduce high-risk behaviors. Our primary areas of focus include: mental and emotional well-being, healthy relationships, and substance use. Contact us if you are interested in consultation for an event, project or idea you have. 

Zags Help Zags – This is a program coordinated by OHP that helps develop students, faculty, and staff members to be active bystanders who step in to make a positive difference in the Gonzaga community. As a Jesuit University, we have a commitment to the dignity of the human person and strive to be in service to others. We aim to find proactive ways to establish healthy community norms, as well as identify strategies for intervening when challenging situations do arise. 

Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) - The mission of this program is to foster a common, collective sense of purpose for students in recovery from substance use disorders or those exploring sobriety. OUR House (the physical location for the CRC) provides a safe, recovery-positive environment where students can get support from other students who have had similar experiences.

Academic Events 

Academic Events provides project management support for activities that foster academic engagement and promote community relationships. 

Programs include:  

Commencement: All students graduating in the calendar year are invited to join the one annual celebration event in May of that year, Commencement. Whereas graduation is the completion of studies resulting in a diploma, commencement is the celebratory acknowledgement of this academic achievement with ceremonies for Law, Graduate, and Undergraduate students.   Collaboration and partnership with all areas of the university are necessary for successful events.  

The Presidential Speaker Series: An annual event hosted by the University President featuring a high-profile author with a message of social justice, particularly highlighting the value of education.  

Academic Honors Convocation: An annual event hosted by the Provost to honor student achievement and faculty excellence awards, as well as recognize retiring and emeriti faculty.   

Mass of the Holy Spirit: A Jesuit education tradition for blessing the opening of the academic year, hosted by Mission and Ministry.  Academic events provides project planning support and manages the academic procession.  

Constitution Day: Activities to honor the United States Constitution on September 17 are created in partnership with Financial Aid and Student Involvement and Leadership.  

Support is also provided to First Year Experience for Undergraduate New Student Orientation and to the Parent and Family Relations team for Family Weekend.  In general, any academic area hosting a program or speaker event needing assistance may receive support from the Academic Events team.