Diversity and Inclusivity Definitions

At SMSD, we are committed to cultivating a community that embodies respect, understanding and inclusivity. Oftentimes, when individuals and groups think of diversity and inclusivity, they only put their efforts toward diversity, which simply identifies the qualities that make us unique and add to our school community’s diversity demographics. We understand the importance of ensuring every student feels included and respected within a safe and supportive learning environment. We strive to create educational resources, tools and support to allow every student to thrive in a place free of discrimination and bias.

Our focus areas of diversity and inclusivity may be defined as:

Diversity: All the ways our identities make us unique, which include visible and invisible differences. It’s all the ways in which people differ, and it recognizes everyone and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, and gender—the groups that most often come to mind when the term “diversity” is used—but also age, national origin, culture, religion, recognized sensory/mental/physical disability, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, veteran or military status, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values.

Inclusivity/Inclusion:
The act of encouraging belonging of traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups through creating environments that celebrate, recognize, value, give voice, and encourage individuals to be themselves and fully participate in processes, activities, and decision/policy.

Adapted from W. K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide Glossary and Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd Edition.