OPAL achieves its mission by centering the values, needs, strengths, and practices of marginalized communities and by approaching leadership, community development, and personal growth through the lens of social justice.
We know what it is like to feel different and alone. We gather in fellowship as a way to support and uplift one another.
We respect the inherent dignity in all people. With empathy and compassion, we strive to be honest, to be ourselves, and to create spaces for others.
Systematic injustices and social inequality are the result of interrelated and interlocking forms of oppression. We act and work in ways that honor the multiple dimensions of each person’s identity (dominant and marginalized) that intersect, influence one another, and compound to create unique experiences.
We believe that change is ongoing, lifelong work that begins within ourselves. We are committed to seeking out new experiences, perspectives, and knowledges.
We support individuals and communities in finding their power and becoming agents of social change.
We believe that forming coalitions and acting in solidarity with other groups makes us more powerful than when we act alone.