ASUPS is guided by a number of principles. We seek to use these principles to hold our feet to the fire, and ensure we achieve our highest organizational potential to ensure the optimal wellbeing of our student body.
ASUPS recognizes that in order to best serve our student body, students will need different levels of support and advocacy in order to achieve their highest potential. ASUPS also recognizes that in seeking to address historical and present inequities and oppressions, we must center those who experience oppression. We will commit to eliminating barriers to access and that is radically inclusive of minoritized people.
ASUPS seeks to center people of minoritized identities, including, but not limited to: women, people of color, people who are queer, people who are trans, people who are non-binary, immigrants, people with visible/invisible disabilities, people with mental illness, socio-economically disadvantaged people. ASUPS reaffirms that the oppression of one of us prevents all of us from enjoying our fullest potential and we must address these oppressions using an intersectional practice.
ASUPS will continue to focus its work on student concerns, questions, and suggestions. To preserve the ability of ASUPS pursue an agenda created by and for the students, we commit to protecting the autonomy of ASUPS in order to allow for future students to benefit from the support and platform of ASUPS.
ASUPS must continue to build mutual understanding and compassion in our pursuit of dismantling systemic oppression and in solving the problems that students face as members of larger communities. Therefore, ASUPS recognizes that we must be full and intentional members of our community in Tacoma. We commit ourselves to solidarity with the city and a mutual learning and collaboration with the city we reside in.
ASUPS commits itself to provide all of our materials in a way that is accessible and to all, making sure the student body has access to information about ASUPS and resources is has. As well, ASUPS will ensure students can obtain information about the inner workings of ASUPS. In this regard, we commit to strong communication and executive presence.
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