The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America recognizes the historic and ongoing impact of racism on our continent and the injustice and discrimination faced by Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We understand that inclusivity and equity is a journey of both moral and educational imperative. As such, we take seriously our responsibility to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to center the voices of color in racial justice work, to change the course of inequities, and to identify and break down structural racism in all forms where it exists, particularly in Waldorf education.
Waldorf education espouses principles of respect for human dignity. Any narratives or indications made by Rudolf Steiner that are in contradiction to these principles are not the basis for Waldorf education and we unequivocally denounce such statements.
We know that we have far to go as an association and as individuals in our understanding of racial oppression and social justice. Advancing the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is one of the compelling forces behind AWSNA’s strategic priorities. These priorities make equity and inclusion central to our work and aim to bring us closer to the world that we want for our youth.
The AWSNA executive team is spending more time than ever asking the following questions:
- How do we participate, consciously or unconsciously, in systemic racism?
- What meaningful actions will we take in service to the leadership and agency of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color?
- Where are the possibilities for each of us to prioritize racial justice in our work to further Waldorf education?
- How do we actively engage in anti-racism both personally and professionally'?
We invite you to join us in exploring these questions and in elevating your own commitment to social justice.
MISSION, VISION & VALUES
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is a nonprofit membership organization of independent Waldorf schools and institutes in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
The Association was founded in 1968 to support schools and institutes. Our vision is to strengthen and nurture Waldorf education and to advance Waldorf principles worldwide.
Today, there are greater than 1,090 Waldorf / Steiner schools in 64 countries, and 1,857 Waldorf kindergartens in more than 70 countries, plus Waldorf associations and teacher-training centers for Waldorf educators and Waldorf teachers around the world. In North America, there are more than 160 member schools and 14 teacher education institutes.
AWSNA's mission is to support schools through collaborative regional work, professional and resource development, accreditation, community outreach, and advocacy. The Association’s work is based on four core values. These values are:
AWSNA is not a governing or management agency. It does not enter into member schools' internal matters or day-to-day operations.
Each school has its own governing body, a Board of Trustees. The Board is accountable for the institution's financial stability and future. A Board’s primary tasks are long-range and strategic. Operational matters, particularly disputes involving parents, students or teachers, are the responsibility of each school’s administration.
As such, concerns in relation to an individual school should be voiced to school administration in accordance with any complaint or grievance procedures established.
AWSNA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, protected genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other factor protected by law.