DIVERSITY & INCLUSION GLOSSARY
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A self designed comprehensive glossary of 45 icons for Diversity and Inclusion terms. In a globalized world pushing for workplace diversity, it is crucial that everyone understands and uses common definitions in this new field. I have tried my best to impart this knowledge using a simplistic style which enhances readibility and enables a quick recognition of complex terminology.
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Discrimination against physical and mental disabilities and people with disabilities.
The tendency to connect with people who look and seem most like ourselves.
Stereotyping and discriminating against individuals on the basis of their age.
Allyship is the use of privilege to help people from one or more marginalized groups.
Refers to a person who doesn’t experience sexual attraction. This can be shortened to Ace, an umbrella term used to describe a variation in levels of romantic and/or sexual attraction, including a lack of attraction.
Biculturalism refers to the combination of two distinct cultures.
Attitudes for or against a person, group or concept especially in a way considered to be unfair.
The attitudes, beliefs, practices and laws in a society that assume and reinforce social norms that contend we live in a two-category gender system of men/women.
An attraction towards more than one gender. People may also describe themselves as bi, queer, and other non-monosexual identities.
A broad term for all people with ethnic origins in the African continent.
CISGENDER OR CIS
Refers to a person whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth.
A form of social prejudice or discrimination that typically occurs within some marginalized groups that give higher value to people with light skin and lower value to people with dark skin.
The process of oppressing vulnerable groups (typically people experiencing poverty and mental health issues) by turning certain behaviors or activities into crimes.
Cultural competence, also known as intercultural competence, is a range of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills that lead to effective and appropriate communication with people of other cultures.
The existence of a variety of cultural or ethnic groups within a society.
Alignment between an individual’s attitudes, values, behaviors, and beliefs and an organization’s core values and culture.
A disability is any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the world around them. Disabilities can be invisible.
The practice or quality of including and involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages etc.
The state in which everyone is treated the same way, typically working with the assumption that everyone starts out on equal footing with equal opportunities.
Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
Gender privilege usually refers to male privilege, meaning a set of unearned advantages granted to men on the basis of their gender.
GENDERQUEER OR NON-BINARY
Someone whose gender identity does not fit the gender binary of “male” and “female”. This can mean identifying as neither or both “male” and “female”, or a combination of genders (gender fluid).
A person who is sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex. Also referred to as straight.
Refers to a person who is sexually attracted to people of the same sex.
A strong dislike or fear of homosexual people.
Inclusion is the practice of including people in a way that is fair for all, values everyone, and empowers each person to be themselves.
The process of designing products and environments that are usable by all people (inclusive of all abilities and different characteristics or the needs different people may have) to the greatest extent possible.
The pattern of favoring members of one’s in-group over out-group members. This can be expressed in evaluation of others, in allocation of resources, etc.
An umbrella term that refers to a physical, mental, or neurological disability a person can have that is not visible from the outside.
LGBTQ+/LGBTQI/LGBTQIA. The acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual or allied + other gender variants. This is the most inclusive term for diverse gender identities and sexual orientations.
Mentoring is a relationship between two people with the goal of professional and personal development. The “mentor” is usually an experienced individual who shares knowledge, experience, and advice with a less experienced person, or “mentee.”
Hatred, contempt, and prejudice against women.
Refers to a range of differences in individual brain functions, information processing and behavioural traits. Neurodiversity encompasses autism, ADHD, dyslexia, OCD, bipolar disorder etc.
Unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power, either at an individual or systemic level.
PANSEXUAL OR PAN
Refers to a person who is attracted to all genders or is attracted to others, regardless of their gender. Bisexuality falls under the ‘pansexual’ umbrella term.
LGBT pride/gay pride/pride is the positive social stance against discrimination and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame promotes the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of LGBT rights movements.
Interpersonal trust that makes individuals feel safe in being themselves as they won’t experience negative repercussions for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes.
Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Racism is also systemic and institutional, i.e. policies and structures can lead to racist outcomes.
A set of advantages held by a person or group because of their experience and their individual or family’s social and economic status.
Refers to a person who does not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth.
The steps a trans person takes to live in the gender with which they identify. This could involve medical intervention, such as hormone therapy and surgeries, but not all trans people want or are able to physically transition. This is also called gender affirmation.
Refers to the racial classification of people who have white skin and Caucasian traits. White demographically refers to people of European, North American or Australian origin.
A workforce that is comprised of individuals of diverse races, ethnicities, gender, age, religion, physical ability, and other demographics. Diversity should go beyond quotas and strive towards inclusion in the workplace.
An atmosphere or culture where all employees are valued, feel a sense of belonging, can contribute and can thrive. It requires affirmative action and intentional action.
The fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.