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  • Have a working understanding of how systemic oppression functions and how the various forms of oppression intersect
  • Have explored, analyzed and applied how the power dynamics between privileged and targeted identity and cultural groups manifest and function to maintain oppression
  • Understand the necessity of doing one's own internal work as it relates to issues of identity, bias, power, and privilege
  • Have had the opportunity to look at their current teaching practice and set goals for incorporating social justice more meaningfully into their daily teaching
  • Have the opportunity to connect with other educators as a means to further understanding, provide inspiration, and promote healing

Social justice is always grounded in transformation. At times, this transformation may be slow, the way water wears through stone – inevitable and unceasing. Other times, transformation is abrupt and startling like the sudden rush of air when one surfaces from beneath a wave – the effect both life-affirming and discombobulating. Whatever its place, transformation is ultimately the goal of social justice and social change movements. While these movements often seek legislative and economic change, at thier core, they are seeking to transform the hearts and minds of people and the very fabric of that culture. That said, we also know that when it comes to issues of privilege, oppression, and justice, there is always room for growth and a need to deepen our practice as educators.

Our Guiding Principles and Values


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

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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:

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.

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.