Defining DEI

In order to work together for a shared vision of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive NREM, we seek a common understanding of the following words.  



Diversity comprises the breadth of identities held by all people. These specifically include internal dimensions gained at birth -- race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, social background, and mental or physical capabilities—and external dimensions acquired through life -- socioeconomic status, language, culture, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, political perspective, paternal status, marital status, appearance, work experience, and more. The complex juxtaposition of each of these unique identities each person holds is called intersectionality.



Equity in higher education is an ideal that aspires to ensure all learners and employees gain equitable access to opportunities and experiences while recognizing people's needs may differ significantly.



Inclusion is the ideal that all people, opinions, perspectives, and experiences are valued and embraced in an integrated way to strengthen the department and profession.