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Glossary of Terms

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)

General public definition

  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) describe three closely linked values that promote belonging and an environment of fair treatment for all individuals, including those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.

Academic definition

  • Equity is defined as the fair, impartial, and unbiased treatment of people.
  • Diversity refers to the range of different characteristics or the demographic heterogeneity of a group of people.
  • Inclusion is the creation of an environment where there is equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) fosters an environment where diversity is accepted and acknowledged, where there is equal opportunity to fully participate, and where disparities between people and groups are reduced to ensure equal chance for success.
  • EDI refers to how societies create equal opportunity for all people, or workplaces create equal opportunity for all employees, regardless of their differences.
  • EDI balances accepting differences and supporting equal opportunity for success, through acknowledging and reducing any negative impact of these differences.

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