- Diversity is the recognition of each person’s unique background and abilities. This provides the potential for greater innovation and creativity.
Inclusion is the act of bringing each of those unique individuals into the whole, where they can contribute. This enables organizations to realize the benefits of the potential diversity provides.
Equity is the fair and respectful treatment of all people. It is different from equality in that it provides people with the resources and opportunities they need, specific to their histories and circumstances. Equity is achieved when people have the same opportunities to obtain benefits, even if the outcomes are unequal.
Diversity and inclusion are two halves of the whole; equity is the glue that holds them together.
In order to achieve our goals of providing an inclusive and equitable workplace, we need to do everything we can to identify and eliminate unfair biases, stereotypes or barriers that may limit the full potential of our diverse community.