There are six points of consensus regarding multicultural education that are central to NAME's philosophy, and serve as NAME's goals:
- To respect and appreciate cultural diversity.
- To promote the understanding of unique cultural and ethnic heritage.
- To promote the development of culturally responsible and responsive curricula.
- To facilitate acquisition of the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to function in various cultures.
- To eliminate racism and discrimination in society.
- To achieve social, political, economic, and educational equity.
The following specific objectives highlight several of NAME's future directions:
- Provide opportunities for learning in order to advance multicultural education, equity and social justice.
- To proactively reframe public debate and impact current and emerging policies in ways that advance social, political, economic and educational equity through advocacy, position papers, policy statements, press releases and other strategies.
- Provide the preeminent digital clearinghouse of resources about educational equity and social justice.
NAME's anti-discrimination statement:
The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its programs and services. NAME is consciously and proactively inclusive of all areas of diversity including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sovereign tribal Nations status, ancestry, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, disability, or immigration status.