PHILOSOPHY & MISSION
The 4 in Bridges 4 Justice
Bridges 4 Justice believes that we must teach the ever-evolving needs of our society and the complexity of these issues so that leaders engage regularly in continuing education and professional development in order learn, grow, and create equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive environments.
This includes the development of racial literacy. Racial literacy provides the framework by which to confidently talk about race, white supremacy, power and privilege, and the dismantling of systemic social and institutional barriers to create true equity for all.
Bridges 4 Justice exists to advocate for and create a more just and a more inclusive world - a world where we all work together to remove barriers of inequity keeping human beings - especially our youth - from reaching their full potential.
Our mission is to create truly transformative experiences that will have us seeing the world with new eyes and new opportunities to lead.
This includes developing the skills to engage in courageous conversations about white supremacy, power & privilege, homophobia, transphobia, religious intolerance, sexism, ableism, etc. and a willingness to name these ills in our communities, our schools and in our society.
We hope to instill a sense of urgency in community and organizational leaders to demonstrate the will to take action, change policies, and to teach each community to learn how to face their own biases and resist all forms of discrimination.
Bridges 4 Justice believes that inclusive and equitable communities are central to creating vibrant and healthy communities and democracies.
We teach you how to build authentic relationships. We teach you how to have honest conversations and how to validate the experiences of underrepresented communities so that all become true partners in creating equity, inclusion, and belonging.
We empower you to demonstrate and communicate visible and consistent support and solidarity with underrepresented communities. We insist that underrepresented folks are made to feel fully supported and valued by organizations.
This requires a willingness by leaders to regularly and visibly communicate core values and the support for inclusion in words, in actions, and in the development of policies and practices which demonstrate that commitment.
Imagine a world where there are no longer acts of discrimination.
Imagine a world where individuals and communities feel truly accepted and safe and know that their ideas, their talents and their potential matter...
Imagine a world devoid of deficit mindsets and full of cultural responsiveness, awareness and fluency...
Imagine a world that works to educate our leaders and our employees, students, and community members to be inclusive not just in word, but also in deed...
Bridges 4 Justice seeks to create that world - now and for future generations - one community, one organization, one individual at a time.