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Definition of Core Terms

Definition of Core Terms

Diversity: The term "diversity" points to the presence and participation of people who differ across multiple dimensions of real and socially constructed expressions of human identity and experience. Presence and participation also incorporate thoughts, customs, perspectives, practices, methods of problem solving, and ways of negotiating the environment that enrich the educational process.

Equity: names a process of modifying structures and practices that have intentionally or
unintentionally advantaged or disadvantaged groups of people; it is a process that responds to
unjust structural outcomes to create laws, policies, practices and traditions that support just
outcomes for all..

Inclusion: is a process and practice of active, intentional and sustained engagement of each
person in the community that values and respects their perspectives, multiple identities,
experiences and contributions.

Summary Statement of the Conceptual Framework -“Inclusive Excellence”

Inclusive Excellence: recognizes that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to
academic and institutional excellence. Inclusive excellence requires a comprehensive,
cohesive and collaborative alignment of infrastructure, resources and actions.


Office of Diversity and Inclusion

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1626