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RISE Revisited: 2013 and Beyond

I. Philosophy:
Triumph over adversity creates a great story: wonderfully shared and experienced. We, as a people, excel in thriving in one another's successes. Grief, anxiety, disappointment, frustration and worry are equally universal. However, we are not as equipped to carry one another's sadness. Suffering is a lonely enterprise.
The satisfaction of coming out ahead in life is made sweeter when you have paid careful attention to the needs of those beside us, slightly behind us, as well as, those who are out of sight. This careful attention is not a professional skill; it can be learned and employed by anybody at any time.
Peer Counseling is an excellent way to mobilize our innate ability to observe, assess, and react. Most often we employ these skills as survival strategies for ourselves. However, students who learn to employ these skills at the service of others are destined to become greater teachers, parents, workers, co-workers, leaders, and bosses. Effective observation (listening, watching, and speaking) is an essential skill for all people; even more so for those who are positioned for greater success, as is the case for ALL students of the University of Virginia.

II. Vision Statement:
Project RISE is more than just a CIO or student organization. It is a way of life: a civic, social, and cultural commitment to service to one another. As an organization, we will prepare students to transform their own emotional, academic, and social experiences at UVA while creating a culture of action. We will nurture a strong bias towards helping in each and every one of us. In time, this cultural bias towards service will permeate all aspects of the University experience leading to greater academic success, emotional fulfillment, and better access to career development for all.

III. Mission Statement:
Through knowledge and character, we will fortify each student; equipping them with the emotional, social, and psychological resources to RISE up and become the next generation of leaders of our global community.




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