Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness
Teach For All is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization
that inspires individuals of all backgrounds—across nationalities, races, ethnicities, religions, political views, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, physical disabilities, languages, ages, genders and prior experiences—to bring their full selves to the work of ensuring educational opportunity for all.
in which individuals of all backgrounds are fully engaged and contributing to their full potential. Maximizing diversity in all of its forms will support good decision-making by ensuring that we consider as many perspectives as possible, including the perspectives of the incredible diversity of children in the classrooms and communities in which network partners are working.
In order to maximize our effectiveness in fulfilling Teach For All’s mission, we focus on increasing representation and inclusiveness with respect to two dimensions in particular:
We focus on diversity of geography. Those whose perspectives have been shaped by growing up and living in different countries and regions of the world bring intuitive understanding of diverse cultures and geographic norms as well as facility with diverse languages.
We also focus on increasing the representation and inclusiveness of team members who themselves have experienced the inequities we’re working to address by nature of sharing the background (e.g. economic, racial and ethnic, religious) of the most disadvantaged groups in their countries.
These life experiences provide perspective on the challenges and possibilities facing similarly disadvantaged students and communities.
Increasing diversity and inclusiveness on these two dimensions will be particularly important in fulfilling our mission in three ways:
all of us who are part of Teach For All must reflect on the ways in which diversity is central to our work. We must engage in an ongoing discussion and consideration of the ways in which our own background influences our perspectives and the ways in which we’re received, and of why increasingly diverse representation and inclusiveness is important. In the context of deepening understanding of the role of diversity in our work, we must ask ourselves what we can do—as individuals, as teams, and across our organization—to increase the diversity of our talent pipelines and the inclusiveness of our culture.