Student Development

Ray and Judy standing in hallway in front of Student Development sign

The programs in the Department of Student Development (SD) seek a deeper understanding of individuals and groups in formal educational settings. Our students and faculty study individual pupils and their relationships with peers, educators, and families. They also address relationships within and among various social groups and their interactions with educational systems, families, and communities. Through research and scholarship, our faculty and students develop and contribute to innovative program models that broaden accessibility and equity in public education.

The Department of Student Development focuses on the development of the individual pupil within the context of a variety of formal educational settings (pre-K to 16).

Research and scholarship are linked to the study of individual students and their relationships with peers, educators, and families. Study also includes relationships within and among various social groups and their interactions with educational systems, families, and communities.

Research and scholarship enable students to participate in the development of innovative program models and in the deeper understanding of individuals and groups in formal educational settings. Research is shaped by our commitment to social justice and diversity.