There is much to learn about equity in education, the workforce, and in our communities. We are each on a journey of discovery, and here we share resources from our journey to help others on theirs.
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Questions and Answers
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.
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.
2020 ushered me into an exciting professional chapter that falls in parallel with a tragic season. It is fair to say that this season is a new chapter for us all, and a revitalized opportunity to challenge the status quo to intentionally create equitable and inclusive environments that support people and drive success. We must take collective action to drive systemic change.
For the 2020-21 school year, the University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering invites teams of high school educators in Illinois and Indiana to apply for the National Science Foundation-funded “Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experience All Year Round” Program.