Mission, Vision, & Values

Mission: Why ISEEN Exists:

ISEEN seeks to lead, inform, connect, expand, and steward transformational experiential teaching and learning throughout an interconnected world.

If you share our mission, consider joining us!


ISEEN's Definition of Experiential Education:

Experiential education is a pedagogical process by which educators engage the whole student through a cycle of direct experience, reflection, analysis, and experimentation. Experiential education prioritizes people, identities, and the environment, addressing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Fostering personal connection to deep and applied learning and inspiring growth in both the student and teacher, experiential education engages participants to be active global citizens working for a more just, equitable, and sustainable world where everyone belongs.

Values: As Experiential Educators we believe that learning by doing is essential and requires:

  • Adaptability: Embracing the dynamic needs of students and educators in response to an evolving society
  • Community: Engaging in the exchange of diverse ideas and practices to build a network of authentic, supportive, and socially just relationships
  • Inclusivity: Creating an ethos of collaboration in which everyone is respected, valued, and represented as both a life-long learner and contributor
  • Passion: Challenging the status quo and taking the initiative to pursue bold ideas with heart, compassion, and intention

Our Vision for Experiential Education:

Transformative teaching and learning in an interconnected world

Goals: What We Must Achieve to Realize Our Vision:

Strategic Goal #1: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND PROGRAMS: Become a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that prioritizes social justice through mission-focused, relevant, and unique professional development experiences that respond to member demand and nurture existing and future partnerships with mission-aligned organizations.

Strategic Goal #2: FINANCE: Create a long-term sustainable financial model that ensures ISEEN’s ability to actualize its mission and prioritizes diversity, inclusivity, equity, and social justice.

Strategic Goal #3: MARKETING AND MEMBERSHIP: Cultivate a strong, diverse, inclusive, and equitable worldwide network of educators and organizations that are informed and supported by ISEEN.

Strategic Goal #4: ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE: Continue to strengthen the Board to support the needs of ISEEN in becoming a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that prioritizes social justice.

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