DEI Defined


Individual differences (e.g. race, socio-economic status, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, ability, intellectual traditions and perspectives, as well as cultural, political, religious, and other affiliations) that can be engaged to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship and administrative and support services.


The consistent, systematic, fair, just and impartial treatment of all individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQIA+) persons; persons with disabilities, persons who live in rural areas, and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequity.


The term inclusion is used to describe the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the communities (e.g. intellectual, social, cultural, geographic) with which individuals might connect.


Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, January 20, 2021, Presidential Actions.