Vision Statement

University of the Incarnate Word, a Catholic institution, is firmly grounded in a culture of spiritual worship, which is the font and summit of our identity, moral courage, and just action. UIW’s Catholicity compels us to honor and promote a culture of respectful encounter that includes and invites all to contribute, in honesty and truth, to our ongoing dialogue among ourselves and with the world. UIW’s ongoing dialogue is translated into a culture of charitable justice that advocates for the dignity and rights of all, promotes compassion and solidarity, and dispels mistrust, fear, hatred, and violence. UIW's culture of intellectual humility forms enlightened citizens who are moved to take just action. UIW's culture of principled administration establishes a hospitable and life-giving community (of learners) that promotes integral human development and good of all.


Strategic Goals

  • Strengthen our Catholic identity, as well as our individual and communal relationship with God, through committed participation in personal prayer, sacramental worship, and just action guided by moral courage.
  • Provide opportunities for honest, respectful, inclusive, and ongoing dialogue about our university and the world, which promote compassion, solidarity, and humility and offer a public declaration of conscience and understanding.
  • Create a welcoming environment for both the UIW’s community and the community at large through non-discriminatory and sustainable support systems, which promote and protect poor and vulnerable persons and nature.
  • Articulate common learning outcomes all across UIW’s programs and locations to express and deepen our engagement with Catholic Intellectual Tradition and to promote academic rigor, integrated learning, and student engagement/success.
  • Ensure that those entrusted with a position of responsibility engage in shared governance principles and practices, which include far and wide consultation, in order to make ethical, prudent, and wise decisions that promote the good of all.

News and Advancements

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UIW Joins Pope Francis in Effort to Address Global Warming

UIW has joined the international effort to address global warming. The platform builds upon the 2015 encyclical from Pope Francis titled, “Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home.”

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UIW Honored for Diversity and Inclusion

San Antonio Business Journal honored UIW as one of 10 awardees who have gone above and beyond to bolster equality across all areas of diversity.

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CCVI, UIW Athletics and SGA Hold Inaugural Blessing of the Athletes

The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW Athletics and the Student Government Association came together for the inaugural Blessing of the Athletes prior to the Oct. 30 football game.

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DEI Circles Established

Mission and Ministry launched DEI Circles, a community-building initiative that brings together students, faculty, staff and Incarnate Word Sisters to learn and teach through respectful conversation about critical DEI issues.
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UIW Names New Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UIW is proud to announce that Dr. Arturo Chávez has accepted the position of Associate Vice President for Mission & Ministry and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

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UIW Set to begin Lenten Season

The Catholic season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and UIW invites its community to join in beginning the season in prayer at one of several Ash Wednesday services.