Mission, Vision, and Values


The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing enriches health and wellbeing by providing exemplary education, conducting rigorous research, advancing integrative models of care, and delivering innovative solutions to organizations and communities.


Our vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of individuals, organizations and communities through integrative health and healing.


These values inform the center's work:

  • Caring
  • Mindfulness
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Evidence-Informed

Supporting the University's mission

People walking on the University of Minnesota East Bank campusThe University of Minnesota was founded on the belief that all people are enriched by understanding. We are dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the translation of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

The University's mission, carried out on multiple campuses and throughout the state, is threefold:

  • Research and Discovery
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Outreach and Public Service

The Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing—an integral unit within the Academic Health Center—strongly supports the University's mission by generating knowledge, educating students and serving the greater community through accessible and relevant outreach programs.