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 O.
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Open Mindset
a mindset that is full of curiosity, and open to opportunities to experience things and learn from them.

Oppression
the systemic and pervasive nature of social inequality woven throughout social institutions as well as embedded within individual consciousness. Oppression fuses institutional and systemic discrimination, personal bias, bigotry, and social prejudice in a complex web of relationships and structures.

Othering
the process of perceiving or portraying an individual or community as fundamentally different from one’s own social group, specifically as it relates to the development of policies, programs, and strategies.