DEIA Glossary

Accessibility – The extent to which a person or groups of people can participate in activities or obtain resources and opportunities in order to achieve specific goals. Accessibility is relative to people with disabilities, people who are underserved, or people who lack resources resulting from the intentional or unintentional actions of others who control resources.

Anti-racism -An intentional, strategic act against Racism that supports policies and actions that yield to and create Equity and Equality.

Diversity – Characteristics that appear with variations among a group of people or an individual, i.e., cultural, racial, ethnicity, religious, age, sex/gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Diversity may also reflect differences in education, socioeconomic class, personality, life experiences, and worldviews.

Equality – Means providing the same to all. Equality ensures that each person or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.

Equity - Addresses imbalanced, social systems. Implementing equitable practices means removing obstacles that prevent or prohibit equal and fair access. Equity recognizes that all people do not start from the same place and is a process to overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or systemic structures.

Gender Determinism - Refers to the idea that men and women are fundamentally different in ways that cannot change and that these differences determine their personalities, behaviors, and abilities. This includes the stereotype that women are naturally better at looking after children than men — or that men are naturally better at math or science. (Source: Medical News Today)

Inclusion – An act, continuous acts, and an organizational culture that intentionally seek out and involve diverse people in decision-making, planning, problem-solving, and general communications.

Racism, Individual - Refers to the beliefs, attitudes, and actions of individuals that support or perpetuate Racism in conscious and unconscious ways. The U.S. cultural narrative about Racism typically focuses on individual Racism and fails to recognize systemic Racism

Racism, Institutional - Occurs in an organization. These are discriminatory treatments, unfair policies, or biased practices based on race that result in inequitable outcomes for white people over people of color and extend considerably beyond prejudice.

Racism, Interpersonal - Occurs between individuals. These are public expressions of Racism, often involving slurs, biases, or hateful words or actions.

Racism, Structural - ​ Is the overarching system of racial bias across institutions and society. These systems give privileges to white people resulting in disadvantages to people of color.

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CSSP (2019). “Key Equity Terms and Concepts: A Glossary for Shared Understanding.” Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Social Policy. Available at: