Goals and Beliefs

Building Up Communities of Color

UHE aims to build the collective power and capacity of communities of color to ensure healing equity and to catalyze systemic change to support every community’s inherent right to heal.

Fostering Healing and Growing Skills

UHE works not only with service providers, but also with advocates, organizers, community members, and survivors themselves to help ensure that they have the resources, skills, and capacities to foster healing in their communities. UHE also supports members with effectively leveraging the collective power of the network locally, regionally, and nationally. With this expanded scope, we work to ensure that people of color who experience violence identify and act on their legitimate authority as survivors; that people of color are positioned and equipped to leverage collective power for healing equity; that system actors establish an explicit commitment to healing equity in their institutions and are held accountable; and, in partnership with the leaders on the ground, that policy solutions are identified and secured.

Providing the Power to Thrive

UHE believes that healing equity will exist when everyone who experiences violence, particularly those who have been marginalized, have the resources, relationships, and power they need to be well and thrive.  We know that people of color and other marginalized groups experience violence and trauma both interpersonally and structurally. By insisting that systems and structures act in support of every community’s inherent right to heal, we work for a world in which all people will receive healing that addresses their emotional, mental, physical, and social needs. We are steadfast in our commitment to supporting those who are making that equity real.

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