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 4 Terms in this directory beginning with the letter U.

Underserved Population
communities that are disadvantaged in relation to other groups because of structural/societal obstacles and disparities.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
17 integrated global goals which define the world we want. They are the heart of the United Nations Agenda for 2030, an ambitious roadmap to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet.

Universal Design
the process of creating products, services, and presentations that are accessible to people with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics.

an abbreviation for Under-Represented Minorities. Some institutions have defined sub-groups within larger racial/ethnic minority groups that are particularly under-represented relative to their size. For example, in a given field, Mexican-Americans may be an under-represented minority, even if Hispanic people are otherwise proportionately represented.