In the summer of 2015, Adams House formulated a mission statement. In 2020, the mission statement was updated and now reads:
Here we educate both heart and mind, and we always persevere. As one community, we challenge each other to question, to respect, and to celebrate ourselves and others. Our community is dedicated to the principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression and anti-gender based violence. We consider these principles essential to House-wide inclusivity, which is our highest goal.