BLACK LIVES MATTER – Laureate

Black Lives

Matter

OUR COMMITMENT

Believing in the transformative power of education, we must instill in our graduates a sense of humanity, accountability and urgency. Although education alone will not solve the entrenched systemic problems we are facing here in the United States and around the world, in a brighter future, equal access to quality education will be at the core.

Across our network, there are individuals, families and communities who face challenges and injustice each day. The context changes across geographies and cultures, but discrimination is too familiar. We are constantly inspired by the strength and resilience shown by members of the Laureate community, despite the hardest of circumstances.

As a company, we will continue to use our platform to actively be non-discriminatory in all we do, we will champion diversity, inclusion and equality across our workplace, and we will inspire a generation of graduates to continue advancing these principles in their work and throughout their communities.

The promise of the United States is what makes so many citizens proud, and what led so many of us to immigrate here. What happens in the United States is felt around the world, and all eyes are now on us. It is our responsibility to be part of advancing a more just, more equal nation for all.

Today, and every day. Across our own Laureate community, and beyond. Black Lives Matter.

Given our belief in the transformative power of education, we aim to instill in our graduates a sense of humanity, accountability and urgency. Although education alone will not solve the entrenched systemic problems we are facing here in the United States and around the world, in a brighter future, equal access to quality education will be at the core.

Across our network, there are individuals, families and communities who face challenges and injustice each day. The context changes across geographies and cultures, but discrimination is too familiar. We are constantly inspired by the strength and resilience shown by members of the Laureate community, despite the hardest of circumstances.

As a company, we continue to use our platform to actively be non-discriminatory in all we do, and we are inspiring a generation of graduates to continue advancing these principles in their work and throughout their communities.

We are championing diversity, inclusion and equality across our workplace. Laureate’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee works across five different workstreams (Education, Students, Workforce, Best Practice, and Communication) to expand education and awareness across our organization. Our internal Diversity and Inclusion communications incorporate our achievements, discusses relevant topics, shares employee insights, and promotes further awareness through external resources and guest speakers.  

In addition, we seek to listen and learn from the voices of those outside our organization. Laureate has a proud history of partnership with Baltimore’s Western High School, the oldest all-girls public high school in the United States. Through these students, we’ve heard stories of young lives being transformed by education, enriched by Black history, and importantly, guided by their optimism for a brighter future.

Black women were treated in ways that gave them no choice but to overcome and endure… They persisted against all odds and worked through those gruelling days and years to regain the sense of who they were and who they should be… Society presented little to no opportunities that were a perfect fit for us, which left no choice but for Black women to bring their own seats to the table. – Kelly Williams

Being pushed against fences, being held back, being told “no” – it cannot, and it will not stop us. I know it will not stop me from succeeding in the future. My future is an untold story that I must write for myself. – Arian Moore

Instead of there being differences in representation, especially by race, let’s create the change that we need to see to get proper representation. The call to action is to become a change maker for big and small things, such as calling issues out upon arrival or creating new firsts. – Kamri Moses

Currently, Black youth struggle to be heard. I want to be the voice that says, “believe in yourself and strive to positively impact our world.” – Tayonna Jackson