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- Diversity is the variety of different cultures and people within a single society or geographical area. These populations coexist and acknowledge the differences that exist among individuals. (Awad)
- Cultural Diversity includes issues of race, sex, language, age, country of origin, sexual orientation, religious/spiritual beliefs, social class & socioeconomic status, physical disability, physical appearance, education, and marital status. The list has been expanded to include first-generation students, international students, nontraditional students, rural students, older students, and students with families. (Kapila, APA) Also included are diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, values, and knowledge about cultural factors. (YA Boston) The Ford Foundation website adds thinking and communication styles.
- Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all and is only possible in an environment built on respect and dignity. (Ford Foundation) Equity also focuses on empowerment and co-ownership. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and under- represented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups. (National Association of Colleges and Employers)
- Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. It’s important to note that while an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group isn’t always inclusive. Increasingly, recognition of unconscious or ‘implicit bias’ helps organizations to be deliberate about addressing issues of inclusivity. (YA Boston) Furthermore, inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. Every person’s voice adds value…in the face of power differences. No one person should be called upon to represent an entire community. (Ford Foundation)
- More terminology can be found here.
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