Diversity 101

Not only is the topic of equity, diversity and inclusion in itself extremely complex and sometimes difficult to understand, but there are also many terms and abbreviations used that are not always automatically obvious. To remedy this, a Diversity 101 is being created step by step on this page. During the next few months, more and more terms will be explained here, hopefully bringing more insight into this complex topic, and perhaps also encouraging reflection and discussion.





diversity (noun) the fact of many different types of things or people being included in something; a range of different things or people

This is how the Cambridge Dictionary summarises the term diversity pragmatically. But behind this word hides a wide range of different attributes, characteristics and traits that make up individuals. These include obvious aspects such as race, gender, age, disability, less obvious aspects such as socio-economic status and sexual orientation, and very elusive things such as values, beliefs, experiences and behaviour. The image of an iceberg is often chosen to visually illustrate these different dimensions. A more structured visualisation of the dimensions can be seen in a model in which the personality is in the centre and the various aspects defining an individual are grouped around it in a circle. Immediately around the centre are the seven core dimensions; the aspects of a person over which one has little or no control (e.g. gender or ethnicity).

The individual dimensions should not be seen as rigidly separate from each other; rather, there are often intersections that can lead to multiple marginalisations and specific discrimination (see intersectionality).

Promoting and living diversity means being aware of and accepting all these dimensions and contributing to make everyone feel welcome and valued and accepted as the persons they are (see belonging).



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