The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies

The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies :: Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

Our Mission: The Center for U.S. Rural Cultures Studies produces, shares, and markets first-hand knowledge about the variety of rural cultures in the U.S.

Our Vision: A country whose cultural self-knowledge extends beyond the urban.

Our Values

People come first

Accuracy is fundamental

Start at the bottom

Live democratic principles every day 

Embody non-violence in words and action

No one is a stranger

Our Goals 

  • Create the most comprehensive and accessible resource for understanding rural cultures in the U.S.
  • Recreate human connection in hostile environments via qualitative methods.
  • Nurture conditions for human trust, vulnerability, self-knowledge, and expression.
  • Model power-sharing practices and processes in all projects.
  • Model relations that are fair and equal in terms of giving and sharing efforts and resources.
  • Model transparent professional standards and communication.
  • Provide tools for developing community media and arts resources.
  • Provide free access to resources that support relational health and human well-being.
  • Develop possibilities for local intellectual labor opportunities.
  • Develop local citizen-researchers.
  • Embody independence from business, academic, religious, or political organizations by making decisions and judgements based solely on the Center’s mission and aligned with its vision and values.
"The future of U.S. knowledge production is
first-hand, mobile, local, and small."