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We believe in building a culture

of dignity for all people.

Cultures of Dignity is an organization that works with communities to shift how we think about young people’s physical and emotional well-being.

Our Core Values

Honor the role young people play in building communities of dignity

Recognize that adults need the best research and concrete skills to work with young people

Appreciate and acknowledge that this work is messy and ongoing

We stand against hatred, bigotry, & fear.

We support communities to build strength, courage, & purpose. 

Meet the Team

Carey Goldstein

Director of Owning Up Programs

Charlie Kuhn

Co-Founder & CEO

Cindy Martin

Executive Assistant

While we have over 20 years in education and working with communities, we always recognize that we are in partnership with the people we work with and while issues we work on are difficult, challenging, and even uncomfortable, we are committed to civil and honest dialogue.

Student Voice

These young people challenge and inspire us.


We think a lot about making words matter. These words are the foundation for our work:

CULTURE: The dictionary defines culture as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. We define it as everything we know but have never been taught.

DIGNITY: From the Latin word dignitas, which means “to be worthy.” Dignity is a given. All people have the inherent right to be treated with an essential value and treated ethically.


Rosalind was amazing, and her keynote/concurrent sessions were certainly highlights of our convention. We have heard that so many of the educators and parents in attendance found her information relevant and extremely applicable. Not only that, but she was very willing to spend time with our attendees one-on-one to provide insight and feedback to their personal questions and was so fun to work with onsite. I really can’t say enough positive things about our experience with her. Many thanks for your help throughout our convention preparations!

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Your presentation far exceeded expectations. There were 1300 kids and you commanded the room with power, expertise, authenticity, and intimacy—no small feat. The kids were universally positive in response to your presentation. The key is your no-nonsense authenticity. You established a measure of intimacy with the kids, who felt you were talking directly to them. We’ll do our best to incorporate your messages into our daily lives. Keep up the good work! You are making a difference.

Mark, High School Teacher, New Albany, OH

Rosalind was compelling and profound and so easy to deal with. The feedback from participants was uniformly positive. Parents really appreciated her clarity and concrete strategies. And the professional audience understood that she really knows schools and kids and was able to offer teachers and administrators real answers to their issues and questions. It was an honor and privilege to work with her and learn from her.


It was really a privilege and an honor to meet you. It was an awesome day today, truly, and you were the one who made it magic. Thanks for your wisdom and good humor. Hope you had as much fun as we did.

Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education

Rosalind was amazing. I have not heard any negative feedback and I have had quite a few parents email saying how much they enjoyed her. I was able to see both the faculty and the student presentations -- I enjoyed them both and I believe others did as well.

She was wonderful...we would definitely work with her again

Marybeth, Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo, CA