Mission & Vision
WISE was founded around a kitchen table by a group of multi-cultural, first generation immigrant women in 1995 as a vehicle for education, leadership, social and economic empowerment of Asian, African, and Latina women, girls and their families.
The mission of WISE is to empower immigrant women and girls to succeed.
The agency is rooted in four core values:
- Diversity: Women and girls from different cultural backgrounds share commonalities, and when working together they can impact social change and create solutions for themselves.
- Self-determination: Each woman and girl should have the freedom to develop her own identity, take pride in both her cultural heritage and personal accomplishments, and choose the best path for herself.
- Economic Sustainability: Economic self-sufficiency is the cornerstone of being able to realize one’s full potential. When immigrant women and girls fully participate in the economic system they and the community thrive.
- Social Justice: We advocate for systems changes that increase opportunities for all people to develop their unique potential and use their assets fully to benefit themselves and contribute to society.