A culture of learning and literacy is a way of life for all persons striving to be their best selves. At Partnerships for Literacy & Learning justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. Our commitment to these values is unwavering. Because we believe justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are more than a checklist or a trend, PLL has set a goal of embedding these ideals into all that we do to support school systems, administrators and teachers. We aim to imbue all learners with a sense of belonging and empowerment through a clear understanding of multiple literacies and to see themselves reflected in the substance of their learning. 

We recognize literacy as a fundamental tool for agency and action in a free society. By refining and emphasizing the best practices of literacy learning, we set a course that honors each person’s individuality and identity, whether they are an adult practitioner or a youthful student. We pledge to listen and to include all voices; we respond with respect and compassion to the needs of each learning community with whom we work. We adhere to these ideals within PLL; we apply them to our interactions with those we work with outside PLL. We acknowledge that to successfully realize deeply inculturated conditions of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, we must continually renew our understanding of these core ideals and of their manifestations.  We question, revise, and measure our suppositions and assumptions to forge a more universal and holistic way of thinking, acting and teaching. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are the bedrock values of our vision and mission.