The mission of the California Student Sustainability Coalition is to unite and empower California’s community of higher education to collaboratively and nonviolently transform our selves and our institutions based on our inherent social, economic, and ecological responsibilities.
Underlying Principles and Beliefs
Addressing our struggles with and against classism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia are a part of our environmental mission. These struggles are interrelated, deeply felt, and ingrained in our educational system and upbringings, embodied in ourselves, and intersect within overlapping and conflicting ways with one another. We must address these struggles internally and externally in order to fulfill our work against the degradation of the environment.
Our culture must be inclusive to all voices and uphold caring for oneself, one’s community, and each other. Including creating a culture that combats the anti-emotional, hyper-rational, hyper-efficient one in which we find ourselves through immersement in white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism and their manifestations in higher education.
We empower ourselves and each other through recognizing our specific place and stake in intervening the political landscape around us through direct action campaigning.
These agreements are baseline agreements for interacting with each other in any CSSC space.
- Share yourself, share the space
- Be self aware of privilege
- Share yourself and share the floor
- CSSC is a org that accepts and celebrates all folks and should remain as accessible as possible to all.
- Shared responsibilities
- Honor differences (“I” statements)
- Ex. “I Statements”: speaking from your own experiences and not speaking generally or making assumptions. Not assuming someone’s experiences, identity, background, values, abilities, etc.
- Not making assumptions about where people are coming from or what their experiences are, this could be related to identity, background, or knowledge
- Honor confusion, create learning culture
- Everyone’s contributions are equally valid whether they are questions or insight.
- Create a space where people feel comfortable not having knowledge of everything
- Be here, be present
- Reminder to stay present and attentive.
- Acknowledge intent, honor impact
- We don’t always say what we mean but we can always fix it
- Lean into discomfort
- See something, say something
- Address conflict-avoidance