Diversity and Inclusion Defined

Diversity and Inclusion Defined

La Roche University and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion continue the work of fostering an equitable and inclusive environment to effectively serve the diverse campus community. Below are definitions of diversity, inclusion and equity that guide the work done by this office.

Diversity (Association of American College and Universities): Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles 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)

Inclusion (Association of American College and Universities): The active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity — in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within [and change] systems and institutions.

Equity (Association of American College and Universities): The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.