IMAGe commits to the following principles in how it works within the university and with its external partners.


We will strive for the highest quality in our education and research, guarding against complacency and always seeking to stretch our intellectual horizons. We will consistently reassess our objectives and work, seeking to challenge ourselves and to critique our individual and collective efforts.

Moral Audacity

We will not turn away from issues that are complex, morally uncomfortable or seemingly intractable. We are committed to working with people who are experiencing violence to more deeply understand their situation and together find ways to address and transform their suffering. 

Ethical Learning

We commit to an ethical learning experience, always treating those who have suffered due to violence with respect and dignity, in our teaching, research and outreach. We will seek to be present with suffering and work with others to resolve that suffering. We seek if possible to bring our subjects into the research process and share with them the tools and space to understand their own lives and do their analyses. Studies find that this can be tremendously empowering for them and generates a whole new level of knowledge for the external researcher.

Active Inclusion

We practice active inclusiveness, always seeking to broaden the circle for colleagues involved in our work, always looking for new approaches to solving problems.


We value idealism, but are also realistic. We will work incrementally, continually building and pushing forward what we can do in realistic steps.

Embracing Complexity

We encourage multiple points of entry to problem-solving, understanding, study and research. The crises we explore through our teaching and research embrace all aspects of human experience. Understanding them and seeking solutions to the problems they generate requires an openness of mind, involving rigorous study and research from any discipline that speaks to the subject.

Intellectual Humility

We value intellectual humility. We understand far less about crises than those who suffer them or those who spend their lives implementing solutions to them. While we value the analytical and innovative thinking we can bring to these crises, we must be humble, respecting the experience, knowledge and feelings of those with whom we work. This requires us to practice active listening, being open to hearing points of view that conflict with ours, and accepting the existence of multiple, co-existing positions and the possibility of being wrong.


In our teaching, research and outreach we will strive for impact and seek ways to measure it. IMAGe activities aim to affect the lives of those caught up in crises, now and in the future. In all our activities we ask, “How will this make a difference?”