What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)?
Diversity is the collective mixture of human beings and their individual identities co-existing within a specific space. These identities include but are 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 is about creating a space that promotes fairness for all regardless of their individual identities. It is 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 all groups.
Inclusion is about creating a space where individuals feel they can bring their individual identities without judgment and can feel a sense of belonging and respect. Inclusion provides opportunities for people of all identities to participate and have an impact in a meaningful way. It means authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policymaking in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.
New York State Education Department
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework and Policy Statement
The New York State Board of Regents launched an initiative to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in schools across New York State. As first steps in the initiative, the Board released a policy statement and a draft framework and call to action for all schools in New York State to develop policies that advance diversity, equity and inclusion as a priority in their schools.
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