Facing History and Ourselves believes in the inherent dignity of each and every human being. We are founded on the belief that education must prepare students to be informed and empowered civic participants, capable and motivated to build a more equitable and inclusive world. Key to this is ensuring that students gain an understanding of the threats of racism, antisemitism, and other forms of bigotry and hatred, and the importance of courage, empathy, and compassion.
Our strength as an organization is directly tied to the diversity of our staff, leadership, educators, students, scholars, and volunteers. We are committed to treating individuals with respect, and to building and maintaining a community of full participation that values and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome to our community those with diverse perspectives who share our vision of a world marked by knowledge and compassion, not bigotry and hate, and our belief that complex, often difficult conversations are at the heart of a thriving democracy.
We define Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as follows:
DIVERSITY promotes representation of a variety of characteristics, categories of identity and lived experiences that make people unique, including but not limited to physical, social, and other characteristics.
EQUITY examines and adjusts structures, processes, and norms that distribute power and resources across a community, to allow and encourage each individual to develop fully. A community committed to equity is one whose members continuously examine the role that power, privilege, and positionally play both in either maintaining or mitigating historical and present-day inequities.
INCLUSION is the conscious decision to create a nurturing climate where similarities and differences are respected and supported, to ensure the active, full participation of all individuals in the entire community. Such inclusion increases our organizational capacity to create and deliver meaningful and relevant professional work.
At Facing History, our charge is to remain accountable to these values in our internal operations and strategy as we steward these values in global society.