COMMONLY USED DEI DEFINITIONS
The purpose of this glossary is to provide a basic framework for and promote dialogue around this important conversation.
Diversity Includes but is not limited to race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion,
socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language,
age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental
or physical ability, genetic information, and learning styles
- Equity The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for
all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the
full participation of some groups.
Inclusion Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into
processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that ensures
equal access to opportunities and resources.
- Health Equity Optimal health for all including the equitable access to appropriate clinical
- Underrepresented in X
Black or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or
Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders representation
in the biomedical sciences is low compared to Whites.
Groups who were or are denied full participation in mainstream cultural,
social, political, and economic activities and have been ignored or
misrepresented in traditional historical sources.
Can include but not limited to: minorities, women, LGBTQ+, low-income
individuals, prisoners, the disabled, and senior citizens. Many of these
communities were ignored or misrepresented in traditional historical
- Disability With respect to an individual with:
(A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more
major life activities of such individual;
(B) a record of such an impairment; or
(C) being regarded as having such an impairment.
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