In today’s society, where fake news abounds, funding for arts and humanities programs is at risk, inequality is expanding, and our nation continues to wrestle with questions of belonging and inclusion for many people, we at DPLA believe it is more important than ever to be clear about who we are and what we value as an organization. As such, we are proud to unveil DPLA’s new Values Statement, which outlines the following core commitments of our organization and our staff:
- A Commitment to our Mission
- A Commitment to Constructive Collaboration
- A Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
- A Commitment to the Public and our Community
- A Commitment to Stewardship of Resources
The ideas captured in the Values Statement emerged from discussions among our entire staff, with input from our board, about the mission of our institution, the ways we approach our work, and why we as professionals and individuals are committed to the essential goals of DPLA. For each tenet of the statement, we have outlined the core principle to which we aspire as well as specific ways that each value drives our everyday practice. We intend for this document to be a dynamic guide for our practice going forward and a reference against which we can track our progress as we continually strive to embody these values throughout the institution.
View the full Values Statement to read more about each of our core commitments and how it shapes our practice, today and in the future.