In Dignitas, we are guided by important questions that shape our learning, our actions, and our purpose as members of the CSS community. These questions support the Dignitas learning outcomes, providing structure and coherence to each course. In Dignitas, we ask questions and seek answers in preparation for "responsible living and meaningful work."

Who are we as a college community?

  • At CSS, we seek to intentionally live out the Benedictine Tradition and Values. In Dignitas, students demonstrate how the Benedictine Tradition and Values guide their learning, their own lives, and their relationships with others. 
  • At CSS, we affirm the value of rational inquiry by engaging in the difficult questions of our time. In Dignitas, students explore the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and come to appreciate how faith and reason complement each other in a never-ending quest for wisdom. 
  • At CSS, we cultivate the love of truth by introducing students to the main tenets of liberal learning through rigorous, innovative thinking and creative self-expression. In Dignitas, students develop a broad appreciation for the life of the mind. 

Who am I?

  • At CSS, we affirm human dignity as the fundamental moral principle recognizing that every person is an end-in-itself who ought never to be treated merely as a means to an end. In Dignitas, students reflect on the nature and sources of human dignity and on the meaning and mystery of being human. 
  • At CSS, we cultivate the personal beliefs, passions, and talents of each person, developing and refining them in ways that enable us to better realize our full human potential. In Dignitas, students learn about human autonomy and responsibility, and about the range of factors that influence our self-identity.

How am I in community with my neighbors (locally, nationally, globally)?

  • At CSS, we prepare students to live and work in a diverse and expanding world by provide our students with a context for thinking about diversity and with a framework for understanding how our individual identities impact relationships. In Dignitas, students analyze how systems of privilege affect identity development and impact relationships. 
  • At CSS, we challenge our community to live in justice and peace by examining Catholic Social Teaching which calls us to live simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with ALL people-especially the poor. In Dignitas, students illustrate how engaging in service and social justice activities encourage personal and spiritual growth.