Diversity refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, creed, color, sex gender, gender identity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, age (DIS)Ability, and Military/Veteran Status, Political Perspective, and Associational Preferences.
Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrice. Equity is different than equality in that equality implies treating everyone as if their experiences are exactly the same. Being equitable means acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities – historic and current – that advantage some and disadvantage other. Equal treatment results in equity only if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities.
Inclusion refers to a campus community where all members feel respected, have a sense that they belong, and are able to participate and achieve their true potential. While diversity is essential, it is not sufficient alone. It is possible to be both diverse and non-inclusive at the same time, thus sustaining the practice of creating inclusive environments is necessary for success.