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Definitions

The Equity and Inclusion Committee developed Giddens School definitions to develop a common understanding:

  • Equity is just and fair inclusion into a society or organization in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.
  • Inclusion is authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power. Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.
  • Belonging is a sense of fitting in or feeling like you are an important member of a group. Belonging means more than just being seen. Belonging entails having a meaningful voice and the opportunity to participate in the design of social and cultural structures. Belonging means having the right to contribute to, and make demands on, society and political institutions.
  • Racism is race prejudice + power. A system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks.