Living our Values
We are committed to continuing our legacy of global service by ensuring that our students reflect the diversity of experience, talent, and vision needed to take on the big issues in a rapidly changing world. In these unprecedented times, it is vital that the leaders and innovators of the future are given the skills and opportunities they need to meet the challenges of tomorrow, today.
Members of the MSFS community lead others with integrity, ethics, and purpose. We define leadership as the ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with others to develop a vision, articulate concrete goals and strategies, and implement positive change. This requires self-awareness, humility, and multicultural competence.
Members of the MSFS community think and act creatively in their personal and professional lives. The proliferation of new technologies, new actors, and new patterns of behavior in the international arena requires us to use our imaginations and embrace new ideas, new partners, and new solutions. We define creativity as thinking outside established paradigms and solving problems with flexibility and consideration of multiple approaches to a single issue.
The MSFS community brings integrity, character, and sound moral judgment to every task. Members of our community consider, respect, and value diverse perspectives. We examine our own assumptions and oppose bias in all forms. We believe every student must understand and appreciate different moral frameworks, be able to articulate competing perspectives, and recognize and balance the merits of competing priorities.
The MSFS community serves others. We define service as helping others at the local, national and global levels, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. MSFS promotes civic engagement and the pursuit of social justice in all its students, and a lifelong dedication to serving the greater global community.
The MSFS community is inclusive. Our community recognizes that listening to diverse voices improves our ability to understand and lead. We advocate for greater empowerment of underrepresented groups and work to remove unjust barriers in civic and professional spheres. We promote equity in opportunities, outcomes, solutions, and growth for all persons.
The MSFS Centennial Awards recognize a small group of distinguished alumni, thought to have best embodied the program’s guiding principles of leadership, creativity, ethics, service and inclusion. The MSFS Centennial Gala on December 2, 2022 honored six MSFS alumni: Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir (MSFS’94), Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat (MSFS’80), Nicole Bibbins Sedaca (MSFS’97), Raja Karthikeya Gundu (MSFS’09), Michael Samway (SFS’91, MSFS’91) and Paula Gene Loyd (MSFS’04).