"...self -determination is not an endpoint but a way of being."

~ Natsu Taylor Saito

  • We all have the right, freedom, & power to determine our own destiny

  • Those most impacted by decisions are centered in the decisionmaking


"It's not about me, it never was, never will be; it's about we."

~ Las Cafeteras

  • Our work is relational

  • Together we have more power than alone

  • No one perspective or contribution is more or less valuable than any other

  • Co-design strategies & co-create solutions


"Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is always in relation to everything else."

~ Buddha

  • We all embody multiple identities which inform our perspectives & experiences

  • Our struggles & our liberation are intertwined

  • Analysis must be intersectional


"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."

~ Audre Lorde


  • Bold, creative, new ideas & actions are welcomed & encouraged

  • Change is going to be uncomfortable; but this is where we grow