ByPamela E. Harris和Julianne Vega.

Companies and organizations are driven by their mission statements. These mission statements provide a concrete summary of what they value and what they work to achieve. Take for example the following mission statements:


  • promote mathematical research, its communication and uses,
  • encourage and promote the transmission of mathematical understanding and skills,
  • support mathematical education at all levels,
  • advance the status of the profession of mathematics, encouraging and facilitating full participation of all individuals,
  • foster an awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life.

Mathematical Association of America
The mission of the MAA is to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world.

SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.



If the “doing” refers to mathematics, we may answer that we love mathematics. Of course, why else would one become a mathematician? But truly there is more a career in mathematics than just mathematics. (Gasp!) For many of us this work involves teaching, mentoring, and building community and opportunities (broadly defined as service). In fact, answering this question is the start of an individual mission statement. Being able to precisely say why we take on certain work and lines of study and how it aligns with what we value helps in a multitude of ways. Let’s look at some of the benefits of having an individual mission statement.


想想一个典型的一天。你多久回家,想,“哇,我今天真的有所作为”or“I did meaningful work today”吗?我们大胆的回答不经常en yet that won’t change what a typical day looks or feels like because there is a greater sense of purpose that continues to motivate daily routines. Creating a personal mission statement provides grounding in that sense of purpose. Continually reflecting on and modifying a personal mission statement highlights the greater purpose behind our daily actions.


“My service mission statement is to create and contribute to programs that broaden the participation of underrepresented groups by focusing on strong mentoring and research networks. Thus, I am interested and participate inprograms that promote broadening participationin the mathematical sciences and I am on the organizing committee forUnderrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium (USTARS)。” – Candice Price

Another mathematician who provides his mission statement is Dr.Mohamed Omar, who has dedicated substantial time to disseminating mathematical content via hisYouTube Channel.最近通过tiktok @profomarmath.:

“Dr. Omar’s mission is to change the world from math phobic to math loving, fiercely devoting his life to inclusion in mathematics.” – Mohamed Omar

想到的另一个例子是博士Francis Su,其特派团陈述没有明确说明,但感觉仍然存在。他最近的工作Mathematics for Human Flourishing和“教学中恩典的课程“证明渴望为所有人提供数学,并帮助他人看到数学是对他们的。



当一个人的使命宣言是清楚的d present in the work that they do, they attract like-minded individuals and begin to build a network that strengthens and supports their own goals. Boiling down your life’s purpose into a few sentences may sound quite overwhelming. And it certainly is overwhelming. Nevertheless, an individual’s experiences, involvements, and personal strengths provide great insight into what their personal mission statement is. Writing a personal mission statement is less about creating it from scratch and more about discovering what it is. One way to discover yours is by thinking about your motivation, your personal strengths and your accomplishments. To get you started think about the following guiding questions:

  • What are you most proud of in your life?
  • 你最喜欢做什么?
  • 你的个人优势是什么?
  • 什么是你接受的工作的决定?
  • Is there a common theme in your work?


If you have a mission statement feel free to add it as a comment below.



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