New Motley Mission Statement Simpler, Explicitly Feminist

By Julia Hughes ‘13Motley Community Manager

As you may have noticed, either on our website or on our walls, the Motley has undergone a bit of an ideological makeover. Our new mission statement is the center point of this pivotal change. In the Spring of 2011, the manager team decided to critically analyze the standing mission statement, which read:

The Motley Coffeehouse is a non-profit, non-partisan organization collectively run by students of Scripps College since 1974. In our business practices we seek to provide quality coffee beverages and food, using products that come from sustainable and socially responsible sources whenever possible. As an organization of students, we are committed to offering our resources and space to positively impact our community. Our feminisms identify the Motley as a safe alternative space which is open and welcoming to all, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, class, or age. We actively challenge and question our community, ourselves, and the Motley, allowing for an ongoing process of empowering change.

Collectively, the team chose to embrace the political personality of our business, combining our practices with our ethos to articulate the true character of the Motley. Through this effort we developed a direct and succinct mission, more clearly exhibiting the character of the Coffeehouse.

The Motley’s revamped Mission Statement is:

  1. To be socially responsible business that explores diverse feminist critiques.
  2. To connect the Claremont Colleges with local and global communities by perpetuating sustainable supply chains.
  3. To foster independent thinking and purposeful change.

Since the creation of the new mission statement, the manager teams have focused on incorporating these significant changes into our everyday practices, from product choices to events hosted. This fall, we have chosen to focus on our investment in exploring “diverse feminist critiques” within the local and global communities with which we interact. This will be a lens through which we funnel many of our larger semester projects, providing a point of cohesion and purpose for the coming months.