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Diversity and Inclusion Definitions

Students on the campus of Ferris State University

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive university promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.

Equity refers to fair and just practices that ensure access, resources, and opportunities are provided for all to succeed and grow.

Belonging is feeling valued, respected, supported, and empowered in your professional, educational, and personal endeavors.