What is meant by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Diversity: The variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more (from UC Regents Policy: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/4400.html). Many institutions of higher education focus on groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in top tier research institutions, including women and certain minority groups (including African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans).

Equity: As opposed to equality, where everyone receives the same support regardless of circumstance, equity focuses on fair treatment, and access to supports and opportunities necessary for advancement and success. Equity acknowledges structural issues and barriers such as racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, and sexual harassment that have prevented the full participation of individuals from marginalized groups.

Inclusion: The proactive effort through personal actions, programs, and policies to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, respected, supported, and valued.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Guidelines for applicants - from the Committee on Affirmative Action and Diversity (CAAD)

UCSC rubrics for evaluating candidate contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion statements

How do we assess contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of, experience with, and interest in dimensions of diversity that result from different identities, such as ethnic, socioeconomics, racial, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and cultural differences
  • Familiary with demographic data related to diversity in higher education
  • Comfort discussing diversity-related issues
  • Understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented individuals, and the need to identify and eliminate barriers to their full and equitable participation and advancement


  • Strategies to create inclusive and welcoming teaching environments for all underrepresented students
  • Strategies to encourage both critcal thinking and respectful dialogue in the classroom
  • Using new pedagogies and classroom strategies to advance equity and inclusion


  • Inclusive and respectful research environments
  • Mentoring and supporting the advancement and professional development of underrepresented students or postdocs
  • Research focused on underserved communities

Service/professional activities

  • Outreach activities designed to remove barriers and to increase the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups
  • Workshops and activities that help build multicultural competencies and create inclusive climates
  • Supporting student organizations that serve underrepresented groups
  • Participation with professional or scientific associations or meetings that aim to increase diversity or address the needs of underrepresented students
  • Serving on university or college committees related to equity and inclusion, or preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence








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