NIRSA’s Mission & Vision

Leading the way in collegiate recreation

Our Mission

NIRSA is a leader in higher education and the advocate for the advancement of recreation, sport, and wellness by providing educational and developmental opportunities, generating and sharing knowledge, and promoting networking and growth for our members.

Our Vision

NIRSA is the premier association of leaders in higher education who transform lives and inspire the development of healthy communities worldwide.

Strategic Positioning

The NIRSA Mission & Vision statements, developed with extensive participation from Members, represent the highest goals and ideals that inform association practices & decision-making. These are the priorities that brought NIRSA in to being, and which motivate our Members to volunteer their time and resources to each other through the Association.

NIRSA has adopted the tagline, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, which clearly indicates our aim as an association: to set a powerful example and provide moving models for excellence in the collegiate recreation profession. This extends from the practices and knowledge shared by our professional Members to the issues and emerging trends that we support with new programs and research.

Areas in which NIRSA is dedicated to example-setting and development include:

  • Leadership
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Service
  • Global Perspective

Strategic Plan

NIRSA has worked to develop a Strategic Plan that will continue to support and enhance the positive effects of recreation programs and inspire communities of wellbeing in diverse settings. This means responding to the changing face of higher education and rising to new challenges in the recreational sports profession.

One of our Association’s great strengths is the active involvement of its members, and we thank all of you for the valuable input provided by our members throughout our planning process. Extensive member participation ensures that NIRSA operations will continue to serve member needs and provide unequivocal benefit to professionals in the field.