- To come together as a community that reflects multiple and intersecting identities and histories and to build connections of solidarity.
- To explore what it means to heal at the same time that we grow our commitment to showing up for all students.
- To help educators develop an intersectional vision of equity and educational justice and to provide strategies for realizing that vision in their classrooms and schools.
- To showcase equity-, justice-, freedom-focused practices that teachers are enacting in Colorado-based schools and beyond.
- To prioritize conversations and topics that, in EIEJ, have been missing or lacking--e.g., education in rural communities and indigenous communities, dis/ability studies.
- To support graduate-student involvement in the design of a collaborative Institute experience focused on educator learning, research, and practice.
- To support graduate students to become involved in public/engaged scholarship and to work in and contribute to their communities.
- To share learning and progress toward our collective goals via public scholarship (blogs, editorials, social media campaigns).