What is the difference between equality and equity?

Transcript of audio provided below. Closed captioning coming soon. 

Equality is when everyone gets the same.

For example, everyone should have the same rights and access to opportunity. However, our systems, institutions, laws, and policies weren’t built with true equality in mind, so equality isn’t reality. Federal legislations have attempted to right these inequalities, but legislation alone cannot repair a complex system. The lasting impact creates systemic inequities in access and opportunity. As a result, marginalized groups face even more challenges, and dominant groups receive an unearned advantage or privilege.

Equity compensates for systemic inequalities.

It is an effort to give everyone what they need to succeed. Equity is an explicit effort to level the playing field with the goal of reaching equality. So, equality is the goal, and equity is how we get there. Are you an equity builder? You can bridge the gap, and lift others up. By activating equity in our pursuit of equality, we can create a more inclusive and just world.

How can you engineer equity at your organization?

Ask the inclusion engineers to help! We are trained engineers who are also educators for diversity, equity and inclusion. At Engineer Inclusion, we help people intentionally and systematically engineer equity and inclusion into their organizations: driving positive outcomes and effectively supporting employees and the community. Let us help you reach your equity and inclusion goals.
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Meagan Pollock, PhD

Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail.

An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action.

As an engineer turned educator, Meagan Pollock is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce.

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