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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Terminology

Ally - A person of one social identity group who stands up in support of members of another group. Typically, member of dominant group standing beside member(s) of targeted group; e.g., a male arguing for equal pay for women.

APA Inclusive Guidelines

View this resource to access a glossary and guidelines on writing with inclusive language.

American Psychological Association. (2021). Inclusive language guidelines

Bias - Prejudice in favor or against a person, thing, or subgroup compared to one other than your own where treatment is considered unfair.

Conscious Inclusion - Occurs when an individual or an organization consciously implements DEI approaches driving thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to promote value of individual differences to achieve optimal results.

Disability - An impairment that may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or some combination of these. It substantially affects a person's life activities and may be present from birth or occur during a person's lifetime.

Discrimination - The unequal treatment of members of various subgroups based on race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and other categories relative to an individuals identity.

Diversity - Psychological, physical, and social differences of race, color, gender, disability, ethnicity, sex, religion, socioeconomics, status, mental ability, and learning styles.

Ethnocentrism - An attitude that views one’s own culture as superior or most acceptable.

Equity - The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all colleagues, and staff.  Eliminating barriers that prevent full engagement and participation of some groups.

Inclusion - Creating involvement, environments, and empowerment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, and respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.

Institutional Racism - Racial inequity that exists within institutions and systems of power, such as places of employment, government agencies, and social services. It can take the form of unfair policies and practices, discriminatory treatment, and inequitable opportunities and outcomes.

Intercultural Competence - A process of learning about and becoming allies with people from other cultures, thereby broadening our own understanding and ability to participate in a multicultural process. The key element to becoming more culturally competent is respect for the ways that others live in and organize the world and an openness to learn from them.

Intersectionality - The intertwining of social identities such a gender, race, ethnicity, cosal class, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity which may result in creating additional barriers.

Micro-aggression - Intentional or unintentional verbal, nonverbal or environmental slights/insults that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages toward a marginalized subgroup.

Micro-Exclusion - Micro exclusion is where, for example, a child is enrolled in a mainstream setting, but is segregated into a separate area of the classroom or school for all or part of the day; where a child is only permitted to attend for part of the day; present but not participating in the activities along with the other children in the setting; or present but viewed as a burden and not an equally valued member of the class or setting. 


Neurodiversity - The concept that there is great diversity in how people’s brains are wired and work, and that neurological differences should be valued in the same way we value any other human variation.

Privilege - Unearned access to resources (social power) only readily available to some individuals as a result of their social group.

Stereotype - Blanket beliefs and expectations about members of certain groups that present an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment. They go beyond necessary and useful categorizations and generalizations in that they are typically negative, are based on little information, and are highly generalized.

Structural Inequality - Systemic disadvantage(s) of one social group compared to other groups, rooted and perpetuated through discriminatory practices (conscious or unconscious) that are reinforced through institutions, ideologies, representations, policies/laws, and practices. When this kind of inequality is related to racial/ethnic discrimination is referred to as systemic or structural racism.

Unconscious Bias (Implicit Bias)- Social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside of their own conscious awareness.