Mission and Role of the College Union


The Joe Crowley Student Union is the community center of the University where students are the number one priority. We collaborate with others to enhance the intellectual program of the university and to make activities a cooperative factor with education. The Union encourages self-directed exploration, geared toward the diverse needs of the university and Northern Nevada community.


The department of the Joe Crowley Student Union aspires to collaborate with others to encourage students to graduate and become responsible citizens and ethical leaders in our global society by creating an inclusive and welcoming community that enhances the student experience through our facility, services, activities and innovative programs.

Core Values

  • Holistic Student Development
  • Inclusiveness
  • Social Responsibility
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Exploration
  • Innovation


The Union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities, services and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college.

The Union is an integral part of the educational mission of the college.

As the center of the college community life, The Union complements the academic experience through an extensive variety of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs. These programs provide the opportunity to balance course work and free time as cooperative factors in education.

The Union is a student-centered organization that values participatory decision making. Through volunteerism, its boards, committees, and student employment, The Union offers firsthand experience in citizenship and educates students in leadership, social responsibility, and values. In all its processes, The Union encourages self-directed activity, giving maximum opportunity for self-realization and for growth in individual social competency and group effectiveness.

Adopted from the Association of College Unions International


The Union's goal is the development of persons as well as intellects. Traditionally considered the "hearthstone" or "living room" of the campus, today's Union is the gathering place of the college. The Union provides services and conveniences that members of the college community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations.

The Union serves as a unifying force that honors each individual and values diversity. The Union fosters a sense of community that cultivates enduring loyalty to the college.