What is DEI Anyway?

DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which we define as follows:

Diversity is the presence of differences in dimensions of human identity. Dimensions of diversity may include, but are not limited to, race, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, (dis) ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, citizenship, socioeconomic status, housing status, marital status, language, and political perspective.

Equity is the fair and just allocation of resources, access, and opportunities in such a way that all persons have what they need to succeed, grow, contribute and be represented in all parts of society. Equity refers not to providing identical resources to everyone but to distributing resources and opportunities based on each person’s needs.

Inclusion is the intentional, ongoing effort to ensure that diverse individuals have equitable access and involvement in community and decision-making. As an action, inclusion entails welcoming, supporting, respecting, and valuing diverse individuals and groups for their unique contributions and perspectives, while ensuring none are excluded from presence, belonging, and participation with dignity.