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Our Values

Tisch College is a community of passionate scholars, educators, and practitioners who come from diverse backgrounds. Together, we challenge ourselves and others to engage in public life responsibly because we are committed to a more just, equitable, and prosperous world.

We embrace the following core values as essential to this work and necessary for advancing higher education’s role in a stronger democracy:


We are guided by principles of access and fairness. We provide open pathways for dialogue, and create opportunities for all members of our community to meet their full potential.


We believe our best work is achieved when it embraces diversity of thought as an opportunity for reflection, growth, and change. We nurture a culture that values each person’s diverse life experiences.

Trust & Reciprocity

We invest in building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders that reflect shared interests, differences, and mutual benefits.

Engaged Scholarship & Learning

We seek opportunities to learn, collaborate and create knowledge that strengthens engagement in civic life. We believe our most productive work is only achieved with a dedication to academic freedom, a climate of productive dissent, and rigorous research and practices.

Bold Thinking

We seek creative solutions to complex problems. We advance lasting, positive change by combining best practices with new ideas.


We enable and integrate transformative learning experiences to strengthen individual agency and create lifelong participants in civic life. We work to transform higher education as a positive force in democracy’s future.