Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. Populations that have been-and remain- underrepresented and marginalized in the broader society.
Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed. Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all. To the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes and development opportunities within an organization or group.
Belonging is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group. Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, a religion, or something else. People tend to have an ‘inherent’ desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves.
Equity leaders from the district attend the launch of AMSEL (Association of Massachusetts School Equity Leaders) at the Massachusetts Statehouse.