When we say DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, and BELONGING, we mean…
DIVERSITY: Includes all the ways in which people differ and encompassess all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. It is all-inclusive and recognizes everyone and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, and gender – the groups that most often come to mind when the term “diversity” is used – but also age, national origin, religion, disability, differently abled, neurodiverse, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, education, relationship status, language, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values.
EQUITY: Is the guarantee of fair treatment, advancement, opportunity, and access for all individuals while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups and ensuring that all community members have access to community conditions and opportunities to reach their full potential and to experience optimal well-being and quality of life.
INCLUSION: An environment that offers affirmation, celebration, and appreciation of different approaches, styles, perspectives, and experiences, thus allowing all individuals to bring in their whole selves (and all their identities) and to demonstrate their strengths and capacity.
BELONGING: The experience of being a member of an organization or group in which one feels supported and validated and has the ability to thrive as their true authentic self.