Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Cultural Competence

Diversity: Individual differences (e.g. personality, language, learning styles and life experiences) and group-social differences (e.g. race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, country of origin and ability status, as well as cultural, political, religious or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.

Inclusion: The active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within (and change) systems and institutions.

Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participation in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion. For faculty and staff to have equal access to professional growth opportunities and resource networks that are capable of closing the demographic disparities in leadership roles in all spheres of institutional functioning.

Cultural Competence: The state of having and applying knowledge and skill in awareness, knowledge and skills across self, other, and interpersonal and structural interactions.  Over extended periods of time, individuals and organizations develop the wisdom and capability to work with interpersonal sensitivity, and the skills to maximize community engagement and productivity through effectively inviting diverse perspectives to be freely shared.

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