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 beliefs 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, where true and authentic understanding can be achieved, the solutions to all problems may be found.
We believe equity is a process and an outcome. Equity has a number of definitions depending upon who is asked. We define Equity as an aspirational goal, that requires an intentional commitment to a process of examining history to determine the root causes of today's structural imbalances which largely run along racial lines. Pursuing equity means we are intentional around creating the conditions that acknowledge historical oppression and marginalization, tangibly seek to restore balance today, and create the conditions such that every person is unrestricted in achieving their full potential. Engaging in "equity work/DEI work/racial justice work" requires a critical analysis (heart & mind work; not only mental reasoning) of race, power dynamics, and your role in upholding or dismantling systems that perpetuate inequity and harm largely on Black, Indigenous and People of Color. It requires the belief that there is no ranking system among us regarding who is deserving of respect, freedom, justice and happiness, because in fact we all are. 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 the capacity of people to resolve their own problems, with proper provocation/agitation. We believe in the 4 zones of awareness we all have: what we know, what we believe, what we don't know, and our blindspots. The first requirement for change is willingness to see/become aware. Through expanding awareness, creating language around the unspoken "knowings" we all have, and then provocation and agitation to challenge and interrogate those zones of awareness are what lead to change.
We believe in the power and agency of each person as a critical piece 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.