VPAL Values

Access & Impact

  • We are committed to creating a positive impact by increasing access to Harvard-quality education and resources for learners wherever they may be.

Collaboration & Teamwork

  • We collaborate and partner to achieve shared goals.
  • We seek to understand and learn from one another’s differences.
  • We recognize that our diverse talents, when combined through teamwork and mutual support, produce outstanding results.

Creativity & Open-Mindedness

  • We approach our work and our relationships with curiosity and open-mindedness.
  • We adapt, iterate, and evolve, with intention and collaboration.
  • We try new things, understanding that not all experiments will be successful and that we will learn and innovate as a result of our failures.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • We believe that all should feel included in our mission, our work, and our learning.
  • We are committed to continuously improving our approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and representation. 
  • We continually seek to understand learners’ diverse needs and goals in order to bring them an excellent experience.

Learning & Engagement

  • We believe that the deepest learning arises from shared engagement.
  • We work with purpose and care to create and disseminate innovative educational resources, programming, and connections.

Professionalism & Quality

  • We hold ourselves to the highest standards in our relationships and actions, while promoting an environment of continuous improvement and excellence around us.


  • We treat each other with courtesy, compassion, and dignity in all that we do.