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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Defined

What is Diversity?

Diversity involves all the ways that people are different, including the different characteristics that make one group or individual different from another. Diversity includes:

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Gender identity
  • Religion
  • Language
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Veteran status
  • Mental ability
  • Physical ability
  • People with disabilities

Diversity may also include a range of ideas, perspectives and values.

What is Equity?

Equity aims to ensure the fair treatment, access, equality of opportunity and advancement for everyone while also attempting to identify and remove the barriers that have prevented some groups from fully participating. Equity promotes justice, fairness and impartiality within the processes, procedures and distribution of resources by systems or institutions. To tackle equity, people need to understand the root causes of outcome disparities in society

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion builds a culture where everyone feels welcome by actively inviting every person or every group to contribute and participate. This inclusive and welcoming environment supports and embraces differences and offers respect to everyone in words and actions. A work environment that's inclusive is supportive, respectful and collaborative and aims to get all employees to participate and contribute. An inclusive work environment endeavors to remove all barriers, discrimination and intolerance.

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