Diversity Dictionary

The dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion is broad and growing daily. This introduces the need for a common vocabulary to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Because of differences in lived experience, words often hold different meanings for different people. This glossary is not meant to be exhaustive, since language is continuously evolving. The main goal is to provide a basic framework and promote dialogue.

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There are currently 5 Terms in this directory beginning with the letter E.

Emotional Intelligence
the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions in the context of interpersonal relationships.

Employee Resource Group (ERG)
abbreviation for Employee Resource Group. Typically, an employer-sponsored or –recognized affinity group of those who share the interests and concerns common to those of a particular race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. (Also known as: Business Resource Group)

Environmental Justice
the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Environmental Social Governance (ESG)
standards and criteria that socially conscious investors use to evaluate where they will invest.

Equity is distinguished from equality: Equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances. Equity means adequately solving for another person’s inequity in life and work. The process is ongoing, requiring us to identify and overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or systemic structures.