Diversity, equity, and inclusion are terms that are often confused and interchanged, but that have distinct definitions that must be kept in mind.
- Diversity: The variety and heterogeneity among students, faculty, and staff based on a number of demographic factors, including, and not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, gender orientation, ability, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.
- Equity: Our community understands that students, staff, and faculty have differing needs to thrive; accepts and addresses these differing needs; and creates institutional practices and policies that provide students, staff, and faculty with the support and tools to succeed.
- Inclusion: When faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds feel welcomed, acknowledged, embraced and engaged in the Wheaton experience. It means creating a learning environment that fosters respect for all perspectives, ideas, ways of being and life experiences no matter how unique or different.