Student Engagement

Student Engagement at Mary Baldwin strives to create opportunities and an environment that inspires students to become active citizens on campus and in the Staunton community. Team members offer a variety of social, service, and recreational programming that fosters student learning and development.

The division oversees areas including athletics; campus safety; health, wellness, and counseling; dining services; residence life and housing; student involvement and programming; and Title IX. 

Contact Us

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Kable House, Upper main campus

Residence Life and Housing: 540-887-7329; 

Mission, Vision, and Inclusivity 

The Division of Student Engagement, through collaboration with university partners, provides opportunities and services that allow students to thrive in a safe and inclusive environment so they may engage meaningfully, learn intentionally, and develop holistically.

To be a student-centered and strength-based organization committed to empowering students to achieve their goals.

MBU Pledge of Inclusivity
We, the community of Mary Baldwin University, strive to celebrate humanity in all its wondrous and complex variation. Because we value diversity, it is our mission to sustain a community where all may flourish. We are safe to embrace our shared experiences and our differences. To this end, we treat all with respect and compassion.

Guiding Principles

Student Engagement uses the following principles to guide our practice.

Collaboration and Synergy
We will seek opportunities to collaborate with university stakeholders and build synergies across campus to strengthen divisional programs and services.

Creativity and Innovation
We will challenge ourselves to think creatively about ideas and innovatively for successful implementation.

Equity and Inclusion
We will ensure that we acknowledge the whole student when implementing services, program, and policies by leading with a multiple-identity lens, making the results equitable and inclusive of all students.

Ethics and Integrity
We will uphold a high ethical standard for ourselves and ensure integrity through the alignment between our words and actions.

Commitment and Dedication
We will exercise deep commitment and dedication to our work in supporting students by encouraging and leading with passion.

The Division of Student Engagement aims to:

Divisional Learning Outcomes

As we design intentional learning opportunities for students, the Division of Student Engagement learning outcomes (adapted from CAS learning and development outcomes) will inform how we intend students to learn, grow, and develop.

Learning DomainsLearning Outcomes
Intellectual and Cognitive SkillsStudents will be able to collect and analyze information to challenge their own assumptions and experiences, and formulate new ideas, perspectives, and approaches to solve problems and overcome challenges.
Interpersonal and Intrapersonal DevelopmentStudents will be able to build awareness of their own identity, beliefs, skills, abilities, and growth areas.

Students will be able to establish and sustain effective and productive relationships with others.
Practical and Professional SkillsStudents will be able to create, pursue, and achieve personal, professional, leadership, and academic goals.
Social and Civic ResponsibilityStudents will be able to recognize social systems and barriers to equity and inclusion and their ability to serve as productive and contributing citizens of their local communities and advocates for others in a globally diverse society.

Our People

Justin Tyler Owens

Vice President of Student Engagement

LaRhonda Johnson Horton

Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement

Samuel Irons

Director for Student Activities and LGBTQ Resources

Christine Stewart

Executive Assistant: Vice President of Student Engagement | Chief Financial Officer