Our Mission and Values

Our mission is to increase equity and excellence in college completion through engaging, supportive, rigorous, and socially responsive education.

We believe that education...

  • is a public good,
  • is critical for a functioning multi-cultural democracy,
  • is a tool to help dismantle long-standing oppression,
  • empowers historically marginalized students to become impactful leaders for social justice.

Metro is a redesign of the first two years of higher education. Students join career-themed learning communities that follow core GE pathways. Wraparound support services for every step of their educational journey and a faculty community with a passion for learning and social justice foster student success.

Four main components of Metro: Small learning communities, student services, integrated data systems, faculty development
Our students come to us with brilliance and beauty and a wealth of skills and capital. Our job is to recognize, uplift, and foster their genius and full authentic selves."
- Mary Beth Love, Executive Director of Metro

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Our students are our super - power!
Our voices matter and we can create change!" - Anonymous Metro Student

Our Values

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We welcome our students in a supportive community. We cultivate communal spaces that celebrate our cultural wisdom and help us grow as scholars and activists.

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Together, we reimagine an educational system where all students thrive, not just survive. We see education as a mechanism for collective liberation and healing, and ultimately a thriving multicultural democracy.

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Our work is guided by acts of radical, decolonial love. With love, we see and honor the brilliance of our young scholars and foster their collective dignity.

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We commit to our students and our communities. We commit to understanding and dismantling educational injustices, in solidarity with all oppressed peoples.

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In solidarity with our students and communities, we aim to transform higher education to become a catalyst for deeper social change.

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We work with urgency for intersectional social justice. We embrace and celebrate the many intersecting identities of our young scholars and understand that all forms of justice are interconnected.