What We Mean by Diversity
What we mean by diversity at Texas A&M University
Texas A&M’s definition of diversity has two distinct, but interrelated parts—
- Compositional/structural diversity is how much or how many people from identities such as: race; ethnicity; culture; national origin; sexual orientation; gender identity; age; religion; language; abilities; socioeconomic status; marital, domestic, parental status, and more.
- Sociological diversity is about how our identities intersect and inform the ways in which we interact with each other at work, in the classroom, in our personal lives, and in society. Sociological diversity describes the ways in which our social institutions and identities interact to shape and impact our life outcomes. All of our life outcomes are impacted by our identities in deep and meaningful ways such as our health outcomes, our relationships, and our educational and professional opportunities.
What we mean by equity at Texas A&M University
Equity is the commitment to access, opportunity, and advancement for all students, faculty, and staff. Equity establishes the expectation that Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff are:
- Committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) publicly and in practice
- Identifying barriers that have prevented the full participation of people who have been historically excluded and underrepresented at Texas A&M.
- Eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of people who have been historically excluded and underrepresented at Texas A&M.
What we mean by inclusion at Texas A&M University
Inclusion means welcoming and supporting people from all groups that encompass the multiplicity of the identities and characteristics of people on our campuses and in our communities (Strayhorn, 2019).
- Being welcome and included at Texas A&M means to be part of an institution that respects you, your identities, your history, and your culture.
- Texas A&M is inclusive when it invests in you and is committed to your success and well-being.
[Adapted from: Anderson, M. & Taylor, H. (2007). Sociology: Understanding a diverse society, 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomas Wadsworth.]
The educational benefits of diversity and inclusion include: Fostering civic learning and engagement; improving problem-solving skills and developing better solutions; and preparing students, faculty, and staff to live in an increasingly global and complex world.