In alignment with the university’s mission, the Pride Center strives to have our work guided by five specific values – authenticity, community, inclusivity, intersectionality, and personal development – we feel are important to providing services and support to our students and the greater Inland Northwest region.
Authenticity – We believe authenticity is important to how we engage with ourselves and with the world around us. Leading an authentic life requires us to be courageous in who we are, reflect on our strengths and growth opportunities, and align our actions with the values that guide our daily lives. We believe a truly authentic life involves making ourselves open to dialogue—to considering alternative viewpoints, new ideas, and change, even when they appear to contradict or conflict with how we understand and make sense of the world. An authentic life allows us to respect our own dignity as well as the dignity of others.
Community – We aspire to cultivate a community that celebrates our inherent worth and dignity, (re)connects us to our shared values, and renews our efforts to practice leadership, accomplish goals, pursue dreams, and inspire others. Solidarity helps us realize sustainable, socially just change.
Inclusivity – We recognize that diversity on its own is not enough to create an actively inclusive community. We have a responsibility to be mindful, intentional, authentic, and brave so that diversity, however it is represented, is a result of—not a requirement for—an inclusive and affirming environment.
Intersectionality – We all possess multiple intersecting identities—gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, nationality, citizenship, (dis)ability, size, relationship status, and others—that uniquely position us within systems and structures of power. We utilize the experiences of LGBTQ+ communities as launching points into understanding how experiences of privilege and marginalization are as distinct as they are interconnected. The works of Kimberlé Crenshaw, bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Paulo Freire inspire our understanding of intersectionality.
Personal Development – We acknowledge that we all have opportunities for growing and learning. A commitment to personal development—to “self work”—involves attending to those growth opportunities with intention, direction, humility, and humor. Engaging in self-work is a courageous act of love for us as individuals and for our global community.