The Executive Board of the Black Faculty & Staff Association is guided by core values, fundamental beliefs that dictate our behaviors. Whether advocacy, organizing, or mentoring, our work is led by these broad ethical principles. BFSA developed this paradigm by analyzing the outcomes and accomplishments of our predecessors and current leadership over the years, and found that there was an archetype of organizing principles that were repeatedly utilized. Our core values and code of ethics are based on those dedicated to service for the welfare of mankind and should promote the well-being of all without discrimination.
- Unity in diversity
- Social justice
- Dignity and worth of a person
- Faith and hope
- Mercy and grace
Unity in Diversity — Ethical principle: Unify in harmony, as with a family, among dissimilar individuals or groups. Our logo includes the Andinkra symbol, Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu, which represents Siamese crocodiles that share one stomach and a common destiny.
Service — Ethical principle: Serve people in need and work to resolve conflicts and address social problems.
Social justice — Ethical principle: Challenge social injustice and work for social change on behalf of Black faculty, staff, and administrators, who because of their minority status are vulnerable and oppressed.
Dignity and worth of a person — Ethical principle: Be respectful of every person and mindful of cultural and ethnic diversity.
Relationships — Ethical principle: Recognize and value the importance of human relationships, and work to strengthen these relationships in order to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities. Appreciation, gratitude, and respect guide our relationships.
Integrity — Ethical principle: Be trustworthy and uphold the BFSA’s mission, values, ethical principles and ethical standards.
Justice — Ethical principle: Ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all people.
Faith and hope — Ethical principle: Build optimism and cultural strength that will, in turn, contribute to a better tomorrow and mental wellness. Faith is being sure of what we hope for.
Mercy and grace — Ethical principle: Extend understanding, empathy, compassion, and forgiveness when dealing with people.
Love — Ethical principle: Intentionally desiring another’s highest good and looking for and believing the best in others, which are foundational to patience, kindness, and authenticity.