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Culture & Diversity

People are the number one priority at Stand. We invest a substantial amount of time and energy into developing our human capital and ensuring that staff in all locations have the professional supports and resources they need in order to be the best at what they do.

Stand’s culture embodies the following values: 

  • Results for All Children
    We believe that all children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life, but that far too many children are growing up with the deck unfairly stacked against them because of poverty and other challenges. Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education, and we continually push ourselves to innovate and improve in order to accomplish more for children who urgently need our help.
  • Bold Independence
    In a political arena dominated by parties and adult-focused special interest groups, we’re non-partisan and child-focused. We fearlessly and unapologetically challenge the status quo in pursuit of solutions that help more children graduate high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. For the sake of children, we’re willing to take difficult stands because our priority is to help children whose lives are at stake.
  • Empowerment
    People standing up for children make all the difference. That’s why we’re relentless in our drive to empower parents, educators, Stand volunteers, and staff to do what’s needed to help children get an excellent education. We don’t do for others what they can do for themselves. Wherever we work, we stay true to who we are, what we believe, and to hold the good of the children we serve above all else.
  • Diversity
    Diversity is our strength. The more varied our perspectives and the more we reflect and partner with the communities we serve, the more effective we’ll become at advocating for an equitable education system.
  • Being the Change We Seek
    We show up. We speak up. We reach out. We vote. Active participation makes Stand work, and it enables us to make our democracy work for children. We ask ourselves: “If not us, who? If not now, when?” We meet people where they are and engage them in this struggle in ways that work for them. In this time of rapid change and great uncertainty, we’re steadfast in our commitment to listen, learn, and lead.
  • Direct and Respectful Communication
    The magnitude of the progress we seek for students requires teamwork. Direct and respectful communication is the cornerstone to long-lasting and trusting relationships. We assume the best intentions. We strive to collaborate and build, not blame. We approach this work with thoughtfulness and humility.

Although we have staff across the country, we come together around a shared set of values which defines the way we work, guides the way we make decisions, and informs what we do and how we do it. At Stand you’ll build strong relationships that embrace different points of view, helping us to harness the diversity of our people in order to drive the best results possible for all children. We know that creating long-lasting, sustainable change in education is a direct result of hiring, retaining and developing the brightest and most diverse workforce. Moreover, we depend on our employees' broad range of talents, socio-cultural perspectives, and personality types to generate creative and innovative ideas to better serve children.