Lumina Core Values

Lumina Foundation is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a just, equitable educational system for learners that is easy to navigate, achieves fair outcomes, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of quality credentials.

We understand that to advance equitable outcomes in the field, we must first ensure Lumina as an organization is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. To meet this commitment, we embrace the full range of different perspectives and individual lived experiences within our organization to support our collective potential. We strive to create a sense of belonging and a culture of mutual respect where all voices are brought to the table, valued, and supported.

We live out our shared values through:


  • We work to establish an environment of trust that provides safety for our colleagues and partners to be honest, open, and vulnerable.
  • We understand innovation and progress hinge on respect for one another and openness to share ideas.
  • We appreciate direct feedback as an instrument to improve our work and seek to create a culture where feedback is asked for and given at all levels.
  • We strive, with our leaders at the forefront, to provide transparency and understanding in decision-making.
  • We commit to our equity principles as an anchor for our work and to supporting our partners in operationalizing their equity commitments.


  • We believe everyone is essential and each role is critical to meeting our mission.
  • We are diverse and inclusive by design, embracing each other’s unique talents and honoring different life and work styles.
  • We pursue excellence by working together to innovate, iterate, learn, and improve.
  • We seek partners who deeply value creating equitable systems.
  • We believe how we get things done is as important as what we achieve.


  • We strive to be an organization that aligns its recruiting, hiring, and staff development to ensure we are competitively positioned to retain and develop employees with a wide range of backgrounds, lived experiences, and characteristics.
  • We seek to build internal practices and policies that reinforce an inclusive and equitable culture.
  • We show up for each other, act with empathy, and bring our authentic selves to work to establish a sense of belonging for all.
  • We are conscientious stewards of our resources.
  • We desire the wellbeing of staff both in and beyond work.