Vision:  CSAP will be an active learning community where spirituality and professionalism are practiced as key essentials to success.

Mission: To promote the study of spirituality and professionalism and disseminate information and resources that inspires ethical and responsible behavior.

Goal:  To impact lives and organizations worldwide through the study of spirituality and professionalism.

 

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ABOUT US

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) established the Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) as part of the University’s commitment to engendering an atmosphere in which people from various walks of life can practice tolerance and engage in the sharing of worldviews on spirituality and professionalism.

CSAP promotes the integration of spirituality and professionalism for a greater understanding and adoption of principles of compassion, caring, transformation, service, responsible judgment, honesty and intelligences; to maintain social justice, accountability, integrity, ethics and respect for life and property; to create and sustain a harmonious environment for students, faculty and the University in concert with the wider Virgin Islands community and the Caribbean; and to be proactively sensitized to the importance of spirituality and professionalism in a wider context.

The University desires all personnel, Virgin Islands community members and beyond to strengthen and affirm awareness of the value inherent in the integration of spirituality and learning as part of institutional culture and society; embrace and understand the important role of ethics and integrity as it relates to personal development, professional best practices, good governance and principled leadership; and accept CSAP’s invitation to explore, implement and learn more about the opportunities for right thinking and right action offered to enhance one’s life experience with positive linkages of spirituality and professionalism for sacred wellbeing and more!

  

 

ObjectivesStudents

1. Develop and maintain a comprehensive collection of existing scholarly materials, reports, manuscripts and electronic media on the subject of spirituality and professionalism.

2. Establish a learning community to encourage the benefits of people learning together as they search for knowledge and explore wisdom.

3. Serve as a catalyst and source of support for new empirical and descriptive research in the field of spirituality and professionalism, with specific concentration on the professions of law, education, business, health, and psychology.

4. Publish a Journal which disseminates the scholarship of researchers from UVI and other leading academic and professional organizations.

5. Convene conferences, symposia and workshops which explore the intersections of spirituality and professionalism.

6. Collaborate with professionals who conduct research on linkages between spirituality and concepts such as multiple intelligences, and emotional and social intelligence.

7. Promote, sponsor, and facilitate weekend retreats that discuss issues related to spirituality and professionalism.

8. Train members of the academic community about the importance of spirituality in professional education and the inherent value of integrating spirituality in education.

9. Develop courses on spirituality and professionalism that can be used by different disciplines and re-define ethical training to encompass spiritual dimensions.

10. Serve as a catalyst and resource for the systematic inclusion of spirituality into the core curriculum of UVI at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

11. Work collaboratively with primary and secondary educational institutions for the systematic cultivation of a values-based educational approach.

12. Become a recognized center for the study of spirituality and professionalism.

 

FAQ

  

What is CSAP?

The Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism is an independent non-profit entity designed to promote the institution’s management values and emphasize the pivotal role of spirituality and professionalism in leadership success and societal well-being.

What is Spirituality?

Spirituality is the state of being dedicated to an immaterial reality. It is a belief in a Supreme Being operating in the universe. Spirituality allows one to practice and use methods that will make them more conscious of thy true self, create harmony with the natural universe and develop an intimate connection with the Creator. Spirituality is an integral part of an individual’s religious belief system.

How does spirituality influence professionalism?

Spirituality improves coping skills and social support. It fosters feelings of optimism and hope, promote healthy behavior, and encourage a sense of relaxation. By promoting a sense of relaxation, spirituality can positively influence the body and mind.