Terms and Definitions



The quality of being fair and impartial.


The definition of inclusion that we use in our department is the active, intentional, and on-going engagement with diversity in ways that foster a sense of belonging, increase awareness, content knowledge, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. Simplified, inclusion is the deliberate act of welcoming diversity and creating an environment where all different kinds of people can thrive and succeed.  


The state of being equal, especially in status, rights and opportunities.  


The definition of diversity that we use primarily in our department is the individual, group and social differences that can be engaged to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and administrative and support services.  In simplified terms, diversity is merely a representation of many types of people.  

These are some forms of diversity: life experiences, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, class, age, gender and gender expression, ability, culture, and religion.  


Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.  

Underrepresented Minority Student 

The UW System defines URM students as anyone who identifies as: Native American/American Indian, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Southeast Asian of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong or Laotian descent who entered the U.S. after 12/31/1975, and two or more races (either alone or as two or more race/ethnicities).


Race is usually associated with biology and linked with physical characteristics such as skin color or hair texture. Ethnicity is linked with cultural expression and identification. However, both are social constructs used to categorize and characterize seemingly distinct populations.


An opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.