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DIVERSITY • EQUITY • INCLUSION (DEI)

Education, awareness and empathy are the most powerful tools we have to help us a build a diverse community that fosters equity and inclusion. To this end, the DEI Office provides a variety of resources to help OTC students and employees educate themselves and others. This resource bank will be continually populated with definitions, videos, articles and other relevant materials.

Diversity: 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, or other affiliations) (AAC&U)

Equity: Fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality: Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances (NACE)

Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity- in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect- in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathetic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions (AAC&U)

Equity Mindedness: The perspective or mode of thinking exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes. These practitioners are willing to take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of their students and critically reassess their own practices. It also requires that practitioners are race-conscious and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education (CUE)

Cultural Consciousness: The process of developing awareness of culture in the self, which can result in expanding understandings of culture and developing deeper cultural knowledge about other individuals and contexts (Paez & Albert, 2012)

Inclusive Excellence: A transformational change model that defines diversity as a key component of a comprehensive strategy for achieving institutional excellence- which includes, but is not limited to, the academic excellence of all students in attendance and concerted efforts to educate all students to succeed in a diverse society and equip them with sophisticated intercultural skills (AAC&U) Read More

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Diversity: 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, or other affiliations) (AAC&U)

Equity: Fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality: Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances (NACE)

Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity- in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect- in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathetic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions (AAC&U)

Equity Mindedness: The perspective or mode of thinking exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes. These practitioners are willing to take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of their students and critically reassess their own practices. It also requires that practitioners are race-conscious and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education (CUE)

Cultural Consciousness: The process of developing awareness of culture in the self, which can result in expanding understandings of culture and developing deeper cultural knowledge about other individuals and contexts (Paez & Albert, 2012)

Inclusive Excellence: A transformational change model that defines diversity as a key component of a comprehensive strategy for achieving institutional excellence- which includes, but is not limited to, the academic excellence of all students in attendance and concerted efforts to educate all students to succeed in a diverse society and equip them with sophisticated intercultural skills (AAC&U) Read More

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