Inclusion: Bringing historically excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making.
• Inclusion is not simply tolerance; it is the intentional, unquestioned acceptance of all customers, clients, agents and employees.
Diversity: The presence of a wide range of differences within a group. This includes but is not limited to race, familial status, nationality, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), and disability.
• Success in diversity is when your organization reflects the entire community it serves.
Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
• Equity is not the same as equality, but adjusting to meet individual needs so the outcome is equal.
Accessibility: The commitment to providing tools, resources and information to everyone with respect to their unique abilities and diverse needs.
• Accessibility encompasses how organizations intentionally design and/or redesign to accommodate the characteristics of each individual.
While DIVERSITY is inviting everyone to the dance, INCLUSION is being asked to dance, EQUITY is making sure everyone has dance shoes that fit, and ACCESSIBILITY is making sure they can all get in!