The Center’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals

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 accessible, first-hand knowledge about the variety of Rural American Cultures (RAC)

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

Everybody wins

No one is a stranger

Our Goals 

  • Create the most comprehensive and accessible resource for understanding Rural American Cultures
  • 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 practices that are fair and equal in terms of giving and sharing efforts and resources.
  • Model transparent, open, and accurate professional practices.
  • 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 (CR).
  • Embody independence from business, academic, religious, and political organizations by making decisions and judgements based solely on the Center’s mission and aligned with its vision and values.