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Equity and Compliance

Equity and Compliance

Diversity and Inclusion

 
 

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Hands

What does Diversity Mean?

Diversity is unique in that individuals define it differently. Some helpful definitions are:

- “Any collective mixture characterized by differences, similarities, and related tensions and complexities.”[1]
- The condition of having or being composed of differing elementsvariety; especially: the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.[2]
- A collection of individuals with different experiences, viewpoints, backgrounds, and life experiences.
- The open embrace of people with different ethnic, racial, socio-economic, religious, and gender backgrounds.

 

Why is Diversity Important?

- A University that fosters a diverse working and learning environment provides the most enriching educational environment for its students.
- Diversity allows faculty, staff and students to better teach and learn from each other.
- Understanding individuals who are different than you is key in establishing and maintaining good peer relationships.
- Diversity helps us in evaluating people based on their individual character, abilities, beliefs, work ethic, etc. instead of preconceived biases.

Inclusion Points

 

Why is Inclusion Important 

When staff, faculty, and students feel included, they are more prone to be engaged in achieving the goals of their Department, Office, College, etc. 

An environment that engages everyone is more productive and creative.

Inclusion helps us all to become more conscious and sensitive students and employees.