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DEI Guidelines

Defining DEI

Diversity represents the dimensions of human identity. It includes, but is not limited to, race, sex, age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran’s status, gender identity, educational disadvantage, socio-economic circumstances, language, ideology, and history of overcoming adversity.

Equity represents fairness and can lead to justice. While everyone may not experience equal opportunity or access, we can acknowledge that existing relationships of power can create opportunities for some while disenfranchising others. In working for equity, we create differentiated possibilities based on individual or group needs and expand accessibility to ensure inclusion for all.

Inclusion represents deliberate efforts to create an environment in which differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging.[6] Inclusion is reflected in an institution’s curricular offerings, support services, resources, mission and vision statements, marketing, hiring practices, and all other processes that reflect the institution’s commitment towards a diverse learning and workplace culture.

Diversity Style Guides

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