Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

Students walk across the plaza outside LRW.

The Ten Ideals

Inherent in the culture of Stephens College is the tradition of the Ten Ideals, which originated in 1921 and represent the core values that enrich and inspire our lives. Each year, 10 students are selected as personifications of individual ideals. 

  • Respect for our own dignity and the dignity of others, embodied in a sense of social justice
  • Courage and persistence
  • Independence, autonomy and self-sufficiency
  • Support for others through the willingness to take and give criticism, acceptance and love
  • Sensitivity to the uniqueness and fragility of the natural world of which we are part
  • Responsibility for the consequences of our choices
  • Belief in our changing selves and in our right to change
  • Creativity¬†in the spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of life
  • Intelligence that is informed and cultivated, critical yet tolerant
  • Leadership which empowers others

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