November Word of the Month: “Equity”

“The notion of being fair and impartial as an individual engages with an organization or system, particularly systems of grievance. ‘Equity’ is often conflated with the term ‘Equality’ (meaning sameness). In fact, true equity implies that an individual may need to experience or receive something different (not equal) in order to maintain fairness and access. For example, a person with a wheelchair may need differential access to an elevator relative to someone else.”

SOURCE: Morton, B. and Fasching-Varner, K. (2015). “Equity.” Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. Vol. 1. (Ed. S. Thompson). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 303-4.

How have you experienced, witnessed, or facilitated equity during your time at UF? Please consider anonymously sharing your story with us in the form below.

In sharing your personal stories, please do not use specific names or other identifiable details. We hope this space will be used to shed light on and share the experiences of our students, faculty, and staff, but we do not intend to create a confrontational space, nor aim for this space to replace formal reporting of misconduct.

DEI Word of the Month Anonymous Form