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Diversity refers to differences between people, for example personality, prior knowledge, life experiences, beliefs, race, color, class, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or cognitive ability, veteran status, age, appearance or body size, ethnicity, marital status, political affiliation, religion, or genetic information. When we refer to diversity in this document, we focus on the diversity of groups and environments. We want to create groups and environments that are filled with different kinds of people or are, in other words, diverse.
Equity refers to equal access to opportunities and equal treatment that considers that people have different needs, are in different situations, and have had different levels of access to opportunities due to a variety of factors that include lack of financial resources, unconscious or conscious biases. When we refer to equity in this document, we emphasize the need to elevate the groups with the least access to opportunities and those who have experienced unequal treatment.
Inclusion refers to the practice of valuing different perspectives and creating the conditions for belonging in policies, processes, physical spaces, events, communications and services. This includes active design of inclusive practices and ongoing effort to build understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.