Guiding Definition for Diversity
Many thoughtful and insightful definitions have been offered for the term diversity, often tied to the characteristics of a given population. For the purpose of the conduct of our work, we have crafted a definition that emphasizes particular values and conscious practices that help a community to achieve such diversity, namely:
• recognizing and embracing the unique contributions of individuals;
• respecting personal experiences, beliefs, and worldviews;
• affirming that persons and groups may be at different levels of understanding and comfort with the subject of diversity but all gain through dialogue, reflection, and new experiences; and
• celebrating inclusiveness by building alliances across people and processes.