Vision of Professional Public Service
We believe in the right of all individuals, without exclusion, to participate fully and democratically in the social, cultural, economic, and political systems that affect their lives. Therefore, professional public servants must understand, engage, and transform these complex systems to ensure equity, eliminate injustice, and effect positive social change.
We believe in the right of all individuals to reach their full potential and to embody the spirit of democracy. Therefore, public servants must join with those who are marginalized so they are advocates for bettering their own lives and developing their own communities.
We believe in moral leadership that includes integrity, compassion, and a commitment to social justice. Therefore, public servants must listen to and learn from diverse groups, compromise and build alliances, and take strategic and decisive action to advance the common good.
The mission of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is to educate and prepare professionals in public service who understand, engage, and transform complex social, cultural, economic, and political systems to ensure equity, challenge oppression, and effect positive social change.
We will realize our mission by:
1. Operating at the intersection of theory and practice.
2. Establishing, nurturing and maintaining a community of students, scholars and experienced public servants.
3. Creating and sustaining partnerships and alliances with public, for-profit, non-profit, philanthropic and volunteer sectors.
4. Systematically evaluating the school’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission.
Underpinning Values, Knowledge and Skills
Commitment/dedication to service and social change
Passion for service
Communication – theory/models/process methods/strategies
Program design, planning, and development
Professional and personal ethics/ethical behavior
Social change theory
Understanding power, privilege and oppression
Critical and analytical thinking
Communication – facilitation, inter-cultural/inter-personal management
Communication – effective oral/public speaking, presentation and writing skills
Leadership in public and nonprofit organizations
Decision making skills for public and nonprofit organizations
Public policy analysis
Conflict management – negotiation, mediation, resolution