In the spirit of a variety of indigenous languages across the globe that do not recognize "I" or "you", these beliefs are framed as aspirational believes for our collective existence.
We believe deeply in the power of (real) transformative conversations. We believe that real transformative conversations happen when space is created for individuals to speak unspoken truths, listen for understanding, and bridge with compassion. We believe that in these spaces, solutions to all problems may be found.
We believe equity is a an outcome. Equity has a number of definitions depending upon who is asked. We define equity as a state of being in which a person's race and identity no longer predict inequitable outcomes in relation to quality of education, quality of healthcare, quality of housing, and overall quality of life. This vision of an equitable society supports the idea that the institutional and interpersonal relationships that we maintain will center nurturing and cultivating each individual's innate gifts, recognizing that we are indivisible from each other, and when we do this we all thrive as a result.
Achieving this requires acknowledgement and reconciliation of the historical roots of inequitable practices that exist today. Inequity, racial inequity specifically, is our reality by design. In order to deconstruct and imagine a new reality, it will require adopting expanded ways of thinking and more evolved ways of being. We respect and acknowledge that each individual’s journey is their own, and awareness happens organically and uniquely for each person. We believe our role is to be a partner in that journey as all of us continually learn and evolve.
We believe in evidence that supports this soul work. In a heavily evidence-based, data driven culture, we recognize both the need and value of identifying, quantifying, and measuring targeted areas of improvement. We also know and understand that the stories that underlie metrics and intentions that drive the work are equally, if not more important in setting strategic priorities and benchmarks. With this in mind, we ground our approaches to this work in a blend of evidence based, psychological, behavioral, brain-based frameworks and strategies to navigate hearts and minds in this work.
We believe in each person's role as a part of the broader collective. We each have an important and vital role to play in envisioning and shaping what our future looks like. There are no neutral parties or positions. Each of us hold influence in different ways and it will take all of us. We are committed to doing the hard work it will require to move us forward, together.