Access & Diversity: A Glossary of Definitions

Access & Diversity uses the following definitions throughout this document:

  • Cross cultural:  Referring to multiple cultures and their values.  In the work of Access & Diversity Committee, it refers to learning that provides a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding human institutions, cultures and values over time.

  • Diversity:  Broad representation from a spectrum of racial, cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.  Intentionally inclusive of religious affiliation, gender and sexual identity, age and generational distinctions.

  • Diversity principles:  ongoing use of strategies of inclusion and intercultural sensitivity to educate and inform decision making.

  • Equity:  Intentional, ongoing effort to create policies and processes that are open, rigorously evenhanded, and consistently reviewed for objectivity.

  • Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical).  Intentional engagement works to increase awareness, knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals and cultures interact within systems and institutions. (adapted from AACU;

  • Intercultural Sensitivity:  Social, intellectual and behavioral awareness and flexibility in relating to multicultural individuals or groups. (adapted from the International Journal of Intercultural Relations 27:4 [July 2003] p. 387.)

  • Social Justice:  A global and inclusive understanding of social responsibility.  In the College, this includes working to eliminate social, economic and institutional barriers to resources, and advocating for full and equal participation of groups and individuals in the resources of the College. Curricula reflect these goals with educational outcomes that promote awareness of historic or entrenched inequities of representation or access to resources.

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