These values serve as the foundation for community participation guidelines (see above) and how members participate. An easy pitfall is to choose somewhat generic terms such as “respect” and “diversity” that risk feeling clichéd or lack shared meaning by community members. Moreover, core values should include examples of what they look like in action, and be specific to the community. CSCCE’s core values statement activity can help to support deeper conversations about identifying and defining core values collaboratively as a community or team (see this worksheet).
Example: CSCCE’s Core Values
Citation: Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement. (2021) CSCCE Glossary: Inclusive Language in Community Building. Woodley, Pratt, Bakker, Bertipaglia, Dow, El Zein, Kuwana, Lower, Roca, and Santistevan doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5718783