At IPU, we
believe values guide people's actions. IPU is committed to:
We believe individuals should be respected and treated with respect.
We believe in telling the truth to the best of our ability.
Our actions are responsibly guided by integrity.
We work hard, but believe work should be fun. Being serious
about issues does not mean we are boring and stuffy.
We believe in being frugal. That means, we do our best to
conserve the organization's resources and also guard the planet's
resources. We recycle.
We know that acquiring knowledge is an ongoing process. We take
education seriously. Through education, we are working to
build an environment where people, young and old, male and female
become intellectually empowered and learn from each other.
We make mistakes, but we learn from them.
We seek clarity in all things. We seek to always understand our
mission, our goals, and what we expect from individuals and
We understand the significance of relationship building. We attempt to
be respectful and courteous in all our dealings with individuals and
We own problems and try to be responsive.
We want to meet people where they are and be sensitive to and
appropriate with regard to the way people learn and behave.
We believe that when we work together, we work more effectively.
We do not merely seek social justice, but changes in the various power
structures around the world; changes that reflect the diversity and
equity we work to promote.
We believe the destinies of black people who live in the United States
are inextricably linked to the destinies of Afridiasporic peoples
throughout the world.
We believe traveling outside of our own cities or towns is often life
altering (positively). Thus, we embrace and support
We are working to create an organizational culture free from classism,
ageism, sexist oppression, racism, and other related intolerance.
of African descent.
While we work with people with various ethnic backgrounds, and of all
races, we emphasize working with people of African descent living in