Step up, step back: If you tend to talk early and often, challenge yourself to step back. If you tend not to talk much, challenge yourself to jump in.
Make I statements: Speak from your own experience rather than making statements about or for others.
Recognize the difference between intent and impact: Despite best intentions we can cause harm to others. Acknowledge the impact and seek to repair the harm.
Accept and expect moments of imperfection: We are all figuring this out together and will make mistakes. It is okay to take risks and to make mistakes.
Act with courage and vulnerability: When we are harmed by a fellow group member’s actions, we will act with courage to hold each other accountable through open and honest conversation and will be vulnerable enough to accept feedback.
Seek ways to build compromise and consensus: Our work is collective and we will ask questions and engage in discussion to find ways to collaborate together.
Center the voices of people of color: Be cognizant that our goal is to center the experiences of students and families of color and others whose identities have been historically marginalized.
Share the spirit but not the details: Respect confidentiality by keeping specific names and details within this group.