"Certainly there are very real differences between us... But it is not those differences between us that are separating us. It is rather our refusal to recognize those differences, and to examine the distortions which result from our misnaming them and their effects upon human behavior and expectation."
Audre Lorde
Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference

What is Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility?

Source: White House Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

  • Diversity: The term “diversity” means the practice of including the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, cultures, and beliefs of the American people, including underserved communities.
  • Equity: The term “equity” means the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment.
  • Inclusion: The term “inclusion” means the recognition, appreciation, and use of the talents and skills of employees of all backgrounds.  
  • Accessibility: The term “accessibility” means the design, construction, development, and maintenance of facilities, information and communication technology, programs, and services so that all people, including people with disabilities, can fully and independently use them.  Accessibility includes the provision of accommodations and modifications to ensure equal access to employment and participation in activities for people with disabilities, the reduction or elimination of physical and attitudinal barriers to equitable opportunities, a commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities can independently access every outward-facing and internal activity or electronic space, and the pursuit of best practices such as universal design.