Definitions

Definitions

DIVERSITY

a range of psychological, physical, and social differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

EQUITY

the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

INCLUSION

the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.

WHITE SUPREMACY

the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.

PATRIARCHY

a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.

CAPITALISM

an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.

XENOPHOBIA

fear, hatred, or mistrust of that which is foreign, especially strangers or people from different countries or cultures.

SEXUALITY

a person's sexual orientation or preference.

GENDER

the socially constructed ideas about behavior, actions, and roles a particular sex performs.

SEX

a system of classification based on biological and physical differences, such as primary and secondary sexual characteristics.

GAY

people of the same sex who are attracted sexually and emotionally to each other. More commonly utilized to describe male attraction to other males.

STRAIGHT

a heterosexual person is attracted to people of the opposite sex.

LESBIAN

a woman whose primary sexual attraction is to other women.

BISEXUAL

a person who is sexually attracted to both men and women.

ABLEISM

the individual, cultural, and institutional beliefs and discrimination that systematically oppress people who have mental, emotional and physical disabilities.

CLASSISM

the institutional, cultural, and individual set of beliefs and discrimination that assigns differential value to people according to their socio-economic class.