The Center is guided by its deep commitment to building alliances
across differences for personal and social change. It advances the following principles:
is a viable and transformative
means of engaging across differences, especially when these differences are marked
by both culture and power. Our ways of communicating and relating often replicate
the same oppressive dynamics that are both the content of our deliberations and
the targets of change.
signifies our commitment to the learning and unlearning processes necessary in
confronting oppression and injustices. Learning new information and skills, as
well as unlearning socialized and prejudiced ways of being in the world, helps
expand participants' capacity for critical consciousness about the impact of multiple
levels of oppression and privilege in their lives, and agency to impact upon those
our belief that deep engagement in the intergroup dialogue and education processes
can motivate and build participants capacity for becoming change agents. For social
work practitioners, this means developing knowledge, attitudes, passion, commitment
and skills to work with a diverse clientele and promote greater social justice.