MISSION & GUIDING PRINCIPLES
It is the mission of Sunbridge Institute to contribute to the growth and development of Waldorf education in service of educational and cultural renewal throughout the world.
Sunbridge Institute provides higher educational offerings that stimulate and enrich the personal and professional capacities essential for adults engaged in the education of children.
Sunbridge’s integrated approach—a balance of spiritual, artistic, and practical studies—fosters the development of contemplative, social, and pedagogical capacities vital to a living art of education. Anthroposophy, the spiritual-scientific view of the human being developed by Rudolf Steiner, inspires the work of Sunbridge Institute and permeates its culture and activities.
Sunbridge Institute promotes relationships that support and deepen human connection and transformational learning. These are relationships that are responsive and humanizing, which are based on respect for the dignity of each person, and which reflect each individual’s attempts to bring their best self to each interaction.
Diverse perspectives and voices are integral components of a vigorous educational community, and Sunbridge Institute is committed to increasing and attending to the number of diverse Waldorf teacher education graduates—including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, or political beliefs—fully prepared to take on educational and leadership roles in classrooms, schools generally, and elsewhere in the world.
Recognizing the original impulse for Waldorf Education to be an education toward peace and justice, born of a dedication to inner freedom, Sunbridge Institute is committed to a living pedagogy of inquiry and research that responds to, confronts, and aims to heal the conditions of our world.
Sunbridge Institute is a learning organization that is committed to constant re-evaluation to ensure it continues to better itself and can respond to new challenges. Sunbridge actively seeks and seriously considers feedback from all constituents and holds itself accountable for operating in a morally, legally, and fiduciarily responsible manner.
Non-Discrimination and DEI Policies
In all of its dealings, including its admissions, educational, and employment practices, it is the policy of Sunbridge Institute, its Trustees, officers, employees and other duly authorized agents not to discriminate against any individual or group for reasons of race, color, creed, gender, age, culture, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or identification, or mental or physical disability.
At Sunbridge Institute we are committed to serving and being a diverse, inclusive community. We are striving collectively to ensure the continued growth and development of our curriculum and program offerings to reflect these values. As we deepen our own relationship to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we ask for your honest feedback and perspective, understanding that we wish to widen our lens and that this work is, and will always be, in process. If anything arises for you regarding our efforts, please contact our director of education and organizational culture, Meggan Gill, at [email protected]