Defining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

What do we mean by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?


These concepts mean many things to many people. To us…

Diversity: We define diversity as the representation of all our varied identities and differences collectively and as individuals. Our definition also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values. We recognize that individuals embody multiple intersecting identities.

Equity: We define equity as ensuring fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for people, while simultaneously working to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

Identities:  While diversity is often used to reference race and ethnicity, gender, and gender identity, we embrace a broader definition that includes sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, education, family composition, and thinking and communication styles.

Inclusion: We believe inclusion is the act of creating environments where any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, and supported. Efforts at inclusion include policies and actions that promote equal access to services and resources, as well as those that enable a person to fully participate in the decisions that affect their lives.