The I-TECH global network is committed to being antiracist, just, equitable, and inclusive. I-TECH embraces diversity and works to engender understanding and appreciation of the differences that characterize our network and programs. These differences include, but are not limited to, race; ethnicity; citizenship; religion; socio-economic status; gender identity; sexual orientation; gender expression; physical appearance; age; sensory, mental, or physical ability; and language. We acknowledge and work to disrupt the power imbalances that exist within our local contexts, in transnational relationships, and consequently in the work of global health. We recognize that colonial legacies continue to negatively affect the health of people and systems. Working with our global colleagues, we are committed to gaining a better understanding of how to mitigate power imbalances and implement antiracist, equitable, and inclusive strategies to address health inequities in our world. We aim to create a safe and respectful work environment in which all members can collaborate, engage in critical thinking, and challenge assumptions that allow us to achieve and sustain equitable work environments and programming.
The I-TECH global network is a culturally rich professional community that includes faculty, global partners, U.S. and international staff and students from broad and historically underrepresented backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. Through this community, we focus on creating a learning environment where exploration of differing ideas, perspectives and opinions is integrated into our organizational culture to improve the excellence of our work. We work in partnership with domestic and global colleagues, ministries of health, and local stakeholders to improve health systems and achieve health equity and to decolonize health programming and challenge practices that have historically disenfranchised community members. I-TECH works to amplify underrepresented voices in communities and promote the use of health programming that reflects the diversity of our network, as well as individuals and communities served.
We carry out these efforts guided by our operating principles, which we apply as a center within the University of Washington (UW) — and across cultural contexts — to adapt programs to meet the needs of the communities we serve. I-TECH aligns its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) approaches with the UW Department of Global Health’s efforts to promote equity and diverse representation at the university. We apply these approaches to our global partnerships, as well, in pursuit of I-TECH’s organizational vision: a world in which all people have access to high quality, compassionate, and equitable health care.
We acknowledge that the University of Washington is on land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, and Snoqualmie nations. We are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish People past and present.