Dean of Students’ Mission

Educating Ethical Leaders

We believe the Harvey Mudd College mission statement enjoins us to educate ethical leaders that are committed to the well-being of society and the planet. For this reason, we focus our work around three concepts: Ethics, Care, Leadership.


The Honor Code and the College’s mission statement make it clear that teaching, learning and living an ethical life should be at the heart of the HMC student experience. DOS programs create opportunities for students to

  • explore, express, and develop their own ethical commitments
  • discuss how they and others live the Honor Code in dealing with classes, roommates, friends, and the larger HMC community
  • learn about the ethics of their future professions.


Students often say that taking care of each other is a central value of the student culture. The founders of HMC intended that HMC students would become leaders who care for their local and global communities and the planet. DOS programs will create opportunities for students to

  • understand their options and responsibilities as bystanders
  • increase their understanding of, and empathy for, students whose experience of life is different from their own
  • engage in meaningful work to benefit the HMC community, the local community that surrounds us, the global community, and the planet.


Leadership is at the core of the mission statement. Being a visible campus leader is only one of many opportunities for leadership. DOS programs will create opportunities for students to

  • find their own leadership style and strengths
  • understand that one doesn’t have to be a “Leader” to practice leadership
  • learn to recognize leadership moments in many types of situations.

HMC’s Aspirations

Linking these concepts are three themes that express HMC’s aspirations for itself and the world: Diversity, Community Engagement, and Wellness.


Broadening STEM education to include more women, underrepresented groups and people with disabilities will help to expand the nation’s highly-skilled professionals while taking advantage of the rich variety of perspectives within the population. … A diverse STEM workforce is a competitive advantage that the U.S. is still struggling to develop. Higher education institutions that learn how to expand their reach to these groups have a strong advantage with respect to global competency as their graduates will be better prepared to work with the diverse people who define and interpret today’s scientific and technological problems in many different ways. (from HMC’s Strategic Vision, 2007)

Community Engagement

Addressing the major global challenges, or even merely working in global science and engineering industries, requires individuals who are able to work with people from other cultures, and who have the language, organizational, leadership and communication skills to plan and carry out projects that may span nations, continents and oceans. … [At the same time] HMC’s proximity to many high-need and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Southern California places it in a unique position to make a difference in these communities while also providing HMC students with more opportunities for community engagement. (from HMC’s Strategic Vision, 2007)


HMC is dedicated to nurturing and developing the whole person and to supporting personal growth and the acquisition of skills in areas such as creativity, leadership, teamwork, ethics and communication, in both curricular and co-curricular endeavors.

Encouraging growth in these areas is important for all members of our community. For our students, these skills are necessary in order to become effective leaders in their future careers and in all other areas of life. (from HMC’s Strategic Vision, 2007)