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What is Diversity & Inclusion? Diverse Group of figures

Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses 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, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values.
Source: http://diversity.berkeley.edu

 

Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people.
Source:  http://diversity.berkeley.edu


What are some key terms? figure reading dictonary

Race : A race is a human population that is believed to be distinct in some way from other humans based on real or imagined physical differences. An individual is usually externally classified (meaning someone else makes the classification) but individual may also self-identify with a particular racial group.
Source: https://www.boundless.com/communications/textbooks/boundless-communications-textbook/analyzing-the-audience-7/demographic-factors-to-consider-38/culture-ethnicity-and-race-169-8389/


Ethnicity : Ethnic (adj.):  Of or related to a particular race, nationality, language, religion or cultural heritage. “Ethnic” in the context of the U.S., has also come to represent concepts, characteristics or cultural values and norms that are not typical of persons of white/European ancestry.
Source: http://diversity.gsfc.nasa.gov/Documents/MCRDiversityTerms.pdf

 

Gender :  refers to the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that a given culture associates with a person’s biological sex. Behavior that is compatible with cultural expectations is referred to as gender-normative; behaviors that are viewed as incompatible with these expectations constitute gender non-conformity.
Source: https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/sexuality-definitions.pdf

 

Gender Identity : refers to “one’s sense of oneself as male, female, or transgender” (American Psychological Association, 2006). When one’s gender identity and biological sex are not congruent, the individual may identify as transsexual or as another transgender category.
Source: https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/sexuality-definitions.pdf

 

Sexual Orientation : Sexual orientation is the deep-seated direction of one's sexual (erotic) attraction toward the same gender, opposite gender, or other genders. It is on a continuum and not a set of absolute categories.  Sometimes it is referred to as "affection orientation."
Source: http://diversity.berkeley.edu

 

Age : The amount of time during which a person or animal has lived.
Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/age

 

Social Class : A social class is a group of people of similar status, commonly sharing comparable levels of power and wealth.
Source: http://www.chegg.com/homework-help/definitions/social-class-49

 

Physical ability or attributes :  the ability to perform some physical act.
Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/physical+ability

 

Religion : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.
Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion

 

National Origin : refers to a person's, or his or her ancestor's, country of birth or because a person has physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.
Source: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/er/discrimination_civil_rights/publication_erd_14009_p.htm#1

 

Political Beliefs : . . . . .  a  political ideology  is a certain ethical set of ideals, principles, doctrines, myths or symbols of a social movement, institution, class, and/or large group that explains how society should work, and offers some  political  and cultural blueprint for a certain social order.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_ideologies

 

Culture : the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time.
Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture

 

Multiculturalism : is an acknowledgment that, as people, we are culturally diverse and multifaceted, and a process through which the sharing and transforming of cultural experiences allow us to re-articulate and redefine new spaces, possibilities, and positions for ourselves and others.
Source: http://diversity.berkeley.edu

 

Privilege : a right, license, or exemption from duty or liability granted as a special benefit, advantage, or favor.
https://www.uml.edu/docs/Glossary_tcm18-55041.pdf

 

Ally : A person of one social identity group who stands up in support of members of another group; typically member of dominant group standing group standing beside member(s) of targeted group; e.g., a male arguing for equal pay for women.
Source: https://www.uml.edu/docs/Glossary_tcm18-55041.pdf

Historically Underrepresented : "Historically underrepresented" is a limited term that refers to groups who have been denied access and/or suffered past institutional discrimination in the United States and, according to the Census and other federal measuring tools, includes African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans. This is revealed by an imbalance in the representation of different groups in common pursuits such as education, jobs, housing, etc., resulting in marginalization for some groups and individuals and not for others, relative to the number of individuals who are members of the population involved.

Other groups in the United States have been marginalized and are currently underrepresented. These groups may include but are not limited to other ethnicities, adult learners, veterans, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, different religious groups, and different economic backgrounds.
Source: http://diversity.berkeley.edu

 

Bias: Prejudice; an inclination or preference, especially one that interferes with impartial judgment.
Source: https://www.uml.edu/docs/Glossary_tcm18-55041.pdf

 

Stereotype : Blanket beliefs and expectations about members of certain groups that present an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment. They go beyond necessary and useful categorizations and generalizations in that they are typically negative, are based on little information, and are highly generalized.
Source: https://www.uml.edu/docs/Glossary_tcm18-55041.pdf

 

Prejudice : A preconceived judgment about a person or group of people; usually indicating negative bias.
Source: https://www.uml.edu/docs/Glossary_tcm18-55041.pdf

 

Discrimination : Actions, based on conscious or unconscious prejudice, which favor one group over others in the provision of goods, services, or opportunities.
Source: https://www.uml.edu/docs/Glossary_tcm18-55041.pdf

 

Assimilation : The policy and practice of repression, domination and erasure by which marginalized cultures are merged into the dominant or mainstream culture.
Source: http://www.xavier.edu/diversity/Glossary-of-Diversity-Terminology.cfm

 

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