October Word of the Month: “Diversity”

“Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. It is all-inclusive and recognizes everyone and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, and gender—the groups that most often come to mind when the term ‘diversity’ is used—but also age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, urban/rural, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values.”

ADAPTED FROM SOURCE:  UC Berkeley Center for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, “Glossary of Terms” (page 34 in 2009 Strategic Plan). Baltimore Racial Justice Action, “Our Definitions” (2018).

How have you experienced, witnessed, or facilitated diversity 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