Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are more than everyone accepting everyone else. It is also about all parties treating each other with respect, coming together with the willingness to meet half-way and intentional communication.”
The Diversity and Inclusion team has changed the team name to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team. The name change is consistent with the Chief Diversity Office’s name to the Office of Equity and Inclusion. The team wanted to keep Diversity in the team name due to its familiarity with others. Please see the definitions below that assist with understanding the team name:
Diversity – Diversity relates to the state of an organization or institution. The state is the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different. The dimensions of diversity include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture, religion, mental and physical ability, class, and immigration status. While diversity itself is not a value-laden term, the way that people react to diversity is driven by values, attitudes, beliefs, and so on.
Inclusion – Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity. The actions impact people, the curriculum, the communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which we might connect. The actions enable us to increase awareness, knowledge, sophistication, and understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and within institution. Inclusion is needed as the benefits of diversity are not automatic and do not simply occur from simply being diverse.
Equity – Equity is the end result or effect of acting intentional or inclusive in a diverse environment. It is the attainment of the state of fair, and equal opportunity; but not necessarily equality amongst those who are diverse. Equity doesn’t necessarily mean absolute equality. Rather it means policy and practice that is fair and just. Creating Equity requires a reasonable means of allocating resources but does not necessarily create equality. Equality and Equity are each justifiable but reflect a different societal choice. They each lead to a different “equity” or, as some would have it, “inequity.” The challenge is to decide what an acceptable level of “inequity” is — how much to tolerate. When there is Inequity, those who already have resources and/or power (that is, “privilege”) usually loathe to see their allocations diminished. When there is Inequity, those with privilege are not going to “solve” this dilemma and may not be interested in the discussion. So, those seeking fair equity must propose a new way to allocate resources, with all the pros and cons on the table, for there to be a basis of discussion to achieve the equity they seek. Equity exists when we maximize opportunities for access experienced by certain groups, by committing resources in order to level the playing field.
Equity in education is raising the achievement of all students while: narrowing the gaps between the highest- and lowest-performing students; and eliminating the racial predictability and disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories.
Upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events:
CS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Celebration
The Campus Services Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will host a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Event to celebrate and appreciate our differences. The event will allow Campus Services employees to share a cultural side dish, a family specialty or a story. There will be activities and fun which will help us as a department know more about each other, and to celebrate how our differences make us better in creating a great workplace for all. More information will be available soon.
Campus Services: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action
Campus Services Spotlight Unit:
Housing & Food Services (HFS)
In support of UC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, HFS in partnership with Resident Education and Development (RED) is developing gender inclusive housing for the 2015-16 school year. The Audre Lorde Social Justice Living Learning Community strives to provide an inclusive, equitable, and supportive experience for all students. For the pilot year, this gender neutral housing community will be offered in Stratford Heights alongside traditional housing.
The Audre Lorde Social Justice Living-Learning Community is intentionally built to acknowledge, include and celebrate a diverse range of intersecting identities including race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual identity and orientation, age, ability status, socioeconomic status, religion, and regional or national origin. It strives to be a safer place through reducing discrimination, raising awareness, and building community. Members of this community, and the faculty and staff who support it, abide by the notion that “without community, there is no liberation.