DIS Mission and Values

The DIS Mission Statement

By inspiring each student’s curiosity and love of learning, DIS fosters academic achievement, intercultural understanding, and development of life skills essential for engaged citizenship.

The DIS Values Statement

DIS employees strive to be:

  • One team and passionate about the DIS mission
  • Committed to each other’s development and well-being
  • Ambitious and set high standards
  • Fun, friendly, and professional
  • Open to change and new ideas
  • Ready to make difficult decisions and take responsibility
  • Collaborative and trust each other

The DIS Commitment to Diversity and Respect

Political shifts in the U.S. and across Europe have created a more polarized political reality and debate. Tensions have heightened and opposing viewpoints and values are more sharply juxtaposed.

In this landscape, what we do at DIS has never been more important – and never more challenging. We remain firm in our commitment to inspire our students’ love of learning and the development of life skills essential for their engaged citizenship. Across our community, we seek to foster inclusive, constructive conversations and to discuss and scrutinize current burning issues. The goal of a DIS education is to support academic inquiry and facilitate learning, not to create further divide nor reinforce stereotypes.

DIS must provide a place for discussion and debate of different views, while we uphold our unwavering commitment to diversity and respect for others. We strive to maintain this balance every day.

Who are We?

DIS is a non-profit educational foundation governed by an external Board of Directors working closely with our Executive Director based in Copenhagen. Our staff are based on-site in Copenhagen and Stockholm, as well as at our North American Office in Minneapolis. See our full staff list here.

DIS Faculty are based in Copenhagen and Stockholm. They teach what they do, drawing from their expertise in their field and love of teaching – learn more about our faculty training and development here, and see our full faculty list.