Saint Louis University’s Office of Mission and Identity ensures that the principles and traditions of Catholic, Jesuit higher education, and the mission and core values of SLU are integrated into operations, structures, programs and practices, and the formation of its students, faculty, staff, administration and board members.
To further its goals, the Office of Mission and Identity sponsors several programs, on and off campus, each dedicated to the intellectual and spiritual growth of the participants, and all in the Jesuit tradition.
Faculty, staff and students have numerous options as well, with mission programs, opportunities to present their own experiences and reflections, retreats and conferences year round.
Christopher Collins, S.J., serves as Saint Louis University’s assistant to the president for Mission and Identity. In this role, Collins provides executive-level leadership for fostering and promoting SLU's Catholic, Jesuit identity.
In his previous role as director of the Catholic Studies program, Collins was actively involved in engaging the SLU community by developing a Mass and lecture series focused on topics around Catholic higher education.
He also was co-coordinator of the committee that established the Billiken Teacher Corps, an innovative new program with the Archdiocese of St. Louis that empowers SLU graduate students to teach at urban Catholic schools in the St. Louis area.
In addition, Collins is a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and was a core member of the strategic planning "SLU as Advocate for St. Louis" Topical Working Group.