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Our Objectives

We believe that Social Justice Education should

  • Create an inclusive environment where all people of are welcomed, valued, empowered, and heard
  • Foster a sense of hope, an impetus to act, and a firm belief that standing up for social justice and equity is both the responsible and just thing to do
  • Build awareness of/Challenge systemic oppression by practicing empathy, understanding privilege, transforming conflict, and exploring creative solutions

Our Guiding Principles and Values

 

What Guides Us
We are guided by our belief in the following fundamental principles:

Inclusion
We are committed to respecting, embracing, and supporting inclusion in all forms and identities, including but not limited to age, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, culture, socioeconomic status, and ability

Equity
We recognize that systemic inequities exist in our world and are therefore committed to upholding equity as a core value in how we interact with others and how we challenge ourselves to overcome our own biases and assumptions.

Empowerment
We are committed to empowering youth to be dedicated, engaged, and thoughtful leaders who balance power with compassion, privilege with humility, and action with reflection.

What Grounds Us
We believe that lasting change is grounded in meaningful collaborations based on:

Listening
We believe that listening for understanding and engaging in authentic dialogue can further individual and social change by encouraging empathy, building bridges, deepening understanding and providing differing points of view.

Trust
We build trusting relationships based on our shared vulnerability, our efforts to be dependable, and our commitment to honesty.

Relationships
We believe that relationships rooted in mutual respect and built on empathy can nurture and sustain individual and social change.

What Drives Us
We understand that our actions need to be driven by these values:

Commitment
We believe that creating sustainable change is hard work that requires passionate perseverance and continual commitment.

Critical Thinking
We believe that critical thinking is defined by an ability to question others and ourselves, to clarify and articulate our beliefs, to remain open-minded, and to actively seek out multiple perspectives that may contradict our own—all in an effort to build a foundation for understanding and social change.

Creativity
We believe that creativity, risk-taking, and innovation are essential to raising awareness and creating long-term solutions to the inequities and injustices that plague our world today.