Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

At UWD, We believe that maintaining safe spaces are key to preserving the magic that has helped thousands to find their voice, learn new skills and mobilize to change their world.

1) People most affected are at the forefront and we bring our whole selves to the work.

United We Dream is committed to ensuring that people who are, have been, or will be directly impacted by the immigrant experience are at the forefront of decision-making and throughout UWD. We may be farthest from the conventional levers of power but we are closest to the problems, and we are most able to create truly transformative solutions based in an intersectional analysis and the beauty and power of our whole selves. Youth, womxn, and LGBTQ people from different ethnicities are at the core of our work.

  • Youth: Although UWD advocates for the immigrant community at large, immigrant youth are at the center of making decisions and guiding our work.
  • Womxn: UWD is a space for womxn to be who we they want to be and grow as organizers, leaders, and human beings without having to deal with sexism and oppression due to gender identity. We are committed to addressing sexism and misogyny in our organization and communities.
  • LGBTQ: UWD is a space for immigrant youth who identified as, gay, bi, lesbian, transgender, two-spirit and queer people where they can be themselves and grow as organizers, leaders, and human beings. We know that LGBTQ people, especially transgender womxn of color, face the brunt of oppressive systems and are committed to address homophobia and transphobia in our own communities and in the broader society.
  • Multi-Ethnic: UWD does not only advocate and organize among Latinx immigrant communities. We know that immigration is not a Latinx issue and that it affects many different communities that also make up UWD. We are committed to building a multi-ethnic movement inclusive of all immigrant communities.


2) We believe in being democratic and accountable.

We are led by those most affected and those doing the work are closest to the decision-making. As an organization we promote transparency and accountability, and we expect the same from the partners we work with and the institutions that we influence.

3) We are organizers and invest in leadership development, training and mentoring.

Our greatest strength comes from people. UWD knows that our communities have the answers and resources they need to create the change they want. We organize at the grassroots level to build relationships and empower communities to articulate and implement those answers by elevating their work, not individual voices. In order to create a strong organization and be part of a larger movement we create spaces where members are constantly learning, challenging themselves and their peers and seeking personal and collective empowerment.

4) We celebrate our existence and create a loving community.

UWD understands that we are movement fighters and we are rooted in the whole self. That means that we create a loving and accepting community, where self-care, mental health and healthy behavior are celebrated, where transformative relationships are built, and where we have fun.

United We Dream believes that change comes from empowering the whole person. Liberation for our community starts at the personal and individual level by deconstructing our thinking – we challenge ourselves and others to understand the current systems, structures, and institutions that oppress our communities. We work to raise political consciousness of our people and we build understanding and relationships that embrace diversity and see the intersections of our experiences and our individual liberation connected to collective liberation.

We also know that traditional educational structures were created to exclude our community. We are committed to uplifting the educational values and knowledge rooted in our cultures and upbringing while also liberating educational institutions to actually serve our community.


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