Mission and values


The Buffett Institute prepares undergraduates with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to collaborate for social change and lead lives of responsible global engagement.  


  • Balance student learning with community outcomes: Reciprocity—ensuring that the needs of both students and the community are met—creates equitable exchanges and more sustainable solutions to global issues.
  • Critical service learning: Consideration to power dynamics and agency are essential. Participants understand how their service translates into personal responsibility and their role relative to the community—specifically, that scholarship and service are carried out with and in the community, and not just on and for the community.
  • Diversity: A divergence of perspectives, experiences, understandings, and skills combine to inform work, intentions, and community engagement across the program. Diversity makes a stronger community of participants, builds more successful and culturally competent teams, and shapes better learning and project outcomes.