Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Diversity refers to all aspects of human differences, social identities, and social group differences that may include but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, socio-economic status, language, religion, age, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, or political perspectives. Diversity enriches our workplace and community.


Equity is ensuring access, resources, and opportunities are provided to all members of the community. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of historical injustices and oppression that has impacted underrepresented communities. Equity is different from equality. Equality implies that everyone is treated equally as if their experiences are exactly the same, however advancing equity means acknowledging and addressing structural and systems inequalities that disproportionately disadvantage others. 


Inclusivity is an outcome where those that are diverse are fully and actually welcome at the institution and in the community. Inclusion allows all members to feel respected, have a sense of belonging, and are able to fully participate and gain development opportunities. We recognize that a place can be diverse, yet lack inclusion, thus we strive to create a sustained practice of creating inclusive environments for success.

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