Answers to Common Questions
Navigating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can be challenging. Helping ourselves and others to understand DEI topics can be even more challenging. That’s why we’ve created a Q&A section to help! Many of our answers include short and succinct illustrative animation videos. Let us know what you think, how you use these resources and submit any questions you’d like answered.
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The way we see and understand the world influences how we interact with others, make decisions, and interpret others’ actions. To be equitable and inclusive leaders, educators, or humans, we must understand how our identities bias our perceptions. In this post, we provide a free downloadable 26-page PDF with definitions and explanations of several social identities (race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability status, and sexuality) and a scaffolded exercise to help you examine your positionality.
Feedback and support from others is a source of our self-efficacy — the belief we have in ourselves to accomplish a task. Using a simple formula, we can adjust our feedback to be a super-booster for self-efficacy in others, through what I call, “Sticky Feedback.” Check out this video to learn how you can better encourage others to reach their goals.
Equality is when everyone gets the same, but equality isn’t reality. Equity compensates for systemic inequalities. It is an explicit effort to level the playing field with the goal of reaching equality. Watch this illustrative explanation video to learn more.
Language changes. It is important to keep learning key terms and evolving our vocabulary so that we can contribute to a more kind and inclusive world.
In theory, diversity is the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization. However simply inviting people in, isn’t inclusion. Watch this illustrative explanation video to learn the difference.