We are committed to an applied, global social justice-based education that includes the use of dialogue, a communicative practice of peace which honors individual dignity and the diversity of our communities, including our diverse social identities and our many perspectives and lived experiences. We join in dialogue out of mutual respect and a desire to learn. We strive to be brave in making space for, sharing, and listening to each other’s stories.

We work to build knowledge, practice skills, and foster relationships that prepare us to help bring an end to domination and dehumanization in all forms and, according to individual conscience, to strive for a world where all enjoy dignity, all are free, and all may live in peace.

Our program stands with students and all those – near and far – working toward these goals and exercising their universal human rights, which include but are not limited to freedom of opinion and expression; freedom of peaceful assembly and association; and freedom of thought, conscience and religion. We also affirm their freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention; and freedom from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

We acknowledge that our community members here, near, and afar are engaged in this important work for peace, liberation, and human rights in ways that we know and do not know, and we are indebted.