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What We Mean by Diversity

What we mean by diversity at Texas A&M University

Texas A&M’s definition of diversity has three distinct, but interrelated parts—

  • Competencies: Diversity is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with differences in people, curriculum, co-curriculum, and communities in ways that enhance one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and understanding of the complex ways that individuals interact with each other and within systems and institutions.   
  • Compositional/structural diversity: Tracking and sharing widely the numbers of people from identities including race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, language, disabilities/abilities, neurodiversity, socioeconomic status, marital, domestic, parental status, military service, first generation college student, and more.‚Äč
  • Sociological diversity: Understanding and assessing how identities intersect and inform life outcomes (e.g., education, health, professional, personal, etc.) and the ways in which we interact with each other at work, in the classroom, in our personal lives, and in society. 


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.