WHAT WE BELIEVE

Every Student Matters

We won’t rest until all students—not just a chosen few—have a real opportunity to graduate from college.
We believe in the:

  • solvability of this problem
  • ability of all students
  • importance of building a fully inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist movement

This work isn’t easy, but guided by these beliefs, we know we can succeed and hope you’ll join us.

Our Values

MISSION
DRIVEN

We operate with a sense of urgency, find inspiration in our Program Directors, and celebrate the successes of our Fellows. We are ultimately driven to improve our model and expand our movement so that every child in low-income America has the ability to enroll in, persist, and graduate from college.

DISCIPLINED
IN THOUGHT
+ ACTION

We reflect on our past experiences and data, set purposeful and measurable goals, and thoughtfully prioritize our work in a way that drives us efficiently toward our vision.

RELENTLESS
PURSUIT OF
EXCELLENCE

We invest and cultivate partners in our work, persevere in the face of challenges, and hold ourselves personally responsible and accountable for meeting goals and achieving exceptional results.

COLLECTIVE
RESPONSIBILITY

We seek and give honest, constructive feedback and we celebrate and support individual and shared successes. We recognize our limitations, share our strengths, and assume responsibility for meeting all organizational needs.

SUSTAINABLE
SUCCESS

We believe that personal and professional alignment is essential to short- and long-term success. We recognize the ebb and flow of work seasons and prioritize practices that encourage us to manage our time efficiently and effectively.

COMMITMENT TO

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We are committed to building a movement and organization that seeks and embraces diversity, and fosters an environment of inclusion and cultural competency.

This process requires us to deeply understand our nation’s heritage of injustice and the inseparable link to the persistent college divide in America.

Read more about our diversity and inclusion commitment.

COMMITMENT TO DREAMERS

We believe that all students — regardless of where they were born, the color of their skin, or the language they speak — deserve the opportunity to earn a college degree.

We are committed to defend Dreamers as the country works towards a permanent solution that will allow them to remain in the only country they call home, pursue college opportunities and live without fear. This is more than just a fight for students and immigrants, this is a fight for humanity.

Read about our commitment to defend Dreamers and how you can take action.