What is diversity and Inclusion?
Diversity: Individual differences, life experiences, group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability), historically underrepresented groups, and groups with cultural, political, religious/spiritual, or other affiliations. Adapted from the AAC&U.
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and emphatic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. From the AAC&U.
Westminster College’s Diversity Statement
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Student Diversity and Inclusion Center
Equality and Equity: What is the difference?
Equality: A state of being that allows all persons to have equal access to rights, status, and opportunities. (Adapted from here).
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that address institutionalized achievement gaps in student success and completion. (Adapted from the AAC&U).
Intersectionality: Recognizes that individuals have multiple interlocking identities defined in terms of sociocultural power and privilege, and that these identities shape people's individual and collective experiences. Identity is understood as all identities held by the individual, as well as the systems of privilege and oppression within which their identities are located. Informed by Shields, 2008.
Pronouns, Gender Expression, and Gender Identity
Gender Pronouns: Gender pronouns are the words used to talk about someone in third person.
Example: She/He/They/Ze/Per/ Xe/ etc.
What are pronouns and how do I use them correctly?
Guide on Gender Pronouns
What is the difference between sex and gender?
Sex: The biological difference between male and female determined by chromosomes and genitals.
Gender Identity: The way a person chooses to identify within the binary (male/ female) or outside the binary (Trans gender, gender non-conforming/ non-binary).
Gender Expression: The way a person decides to express their gender. The way they express their gender could be through clothing, names, pronouns, etc.
Queer Compass is a student lead, administrative supported, initiative meant to better serve the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally+ (LGBTQIA+) population on Westminster's campus.
Inspired by the great work done by UIC’s Gender and Sexuality Center, Queer Compass aims to foster community, visibility, and openness with our Westminster students. By holding monthly meetings attendees will be able to participate in multifaceted, intersectional, dialogues surrounding issues of marginalization, victimization, safety, power, privilege, identity, gender, sexuality, navigating higher education and opportunities for growth.
(You will have to contact Jared Winn- Taryor at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about upcoming events).