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Defining DEIAB

What do we mean when we talk about diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging?

  • Diversity is the range of human differences, encompassing the characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, the following characteristics: race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, religious beliefs, work sector, physical ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, physical appearance, and cognitive differences.

  • Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, achieved by intentional focus on their disparate needs, conditions and abilities. 

  • Inclusion is the intentional, proactive, and continuing efforts and practices in which all members respect, support, and value others. 

  • Accessibility is the design, construction, development, and maintenance of facilities, information and communication technology, programs, and services so that all people, including people with disabilities, can fully and independently use them. 

  • Belonging is the secure feeling of being valued within and making valuable contributions to a team.

The definitions for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility come from ABET, a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Learn more about ABET's definitions and efforts in DEIAB here