Mission & Values

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OIE Grand Opening, Fall 2015

Bates Mission Statement:

Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.


OIE Mission Statement:

The Bates College Office of Intercultural Education strives to

  • provide students with a sense of belonging in their social and intellectual communities
  • elevate students’ awareness of their personal power and effectiveness;
  • catalyze and educate allies among students, faculty, and staff

by serving as a community hub that harnesses our differences.


OIE Vision Statement:

 “One day all students will champion diversity of thought, experience, and identity.”