Diversity is defined as valuing individual differences (e.g. personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g. race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious and other affiliations) and engagement of differences to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship and administrative and support services.
Equity is the creation of opportunities for historically underserved populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
Inclusion is defined as the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity - in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities with which individuals might connect - in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council will be sponsoring a number of events and activities for The W Community. If you would like to serve our community, please contact Karen Clay firstname.lastname@example.org or Anika Perkins email@example.com.
"The W is on a mission to create a welcoming, diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus climate for all. As the university strives to reach the highest levels of academic excellence, it is also essential that the university foster an environment where all members of the campus community can flourish. Diversity recognizes the value of varied perspectives, which helps drive innovative solutions to an ever-changing world."