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 3 Terms in this directory beginning with the letter L.

used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina to describe a person of Latin American origin or descent.

an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and any other non cis-gendered and straight sexualities, sexes or gender identities.

Lived Experience
personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people.