What is diversity and Inclusion?
Diversity: Individual differences, life experiences, group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity,
class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, nationality, and disability), historically
underrepresented groups, and groups with cultural, political, religious/spiritual, or other affiliations. Adapted
from the AAC&U.
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum,
in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might
connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and emphatic
understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. From the AAC&U.
Office of Diversity, Equity
Student Diversity and
Equality and Equity: What is the difference?
Equality: A state of being that allows all persons to have equal access to rights, status, and
opportunities. (Adapted from here).
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal
access to and participate in educational programs that address institutionalized achievement gaps in student success
and completion. (Adapted from the AAC&U).
Intersectionality recognizes that individuals have multiple interlocking identities defined in terms of sociocultural
power and privilege, and that these identities shape people's individual and collective experiences. Identity is
understood as all identities held by the individual, as well as the systems of privilege and oppression within which
their identities are located. Informed by Shields, 2008.
Pronouns, Gender Expression, and Gender Identity
Gender Pronouns: Gender pronouns are the words used to talk about someone in third person.
Example: She/He/They/Ze/Per/ Xe/ etc.
What are pronouns and how do I use them correctly?
Guide on Gender Pronouns
What is the difference between sex and gender?
Sex: The biological difference between male and female determined by chromosomes and genitals.
Gender Identity: The way a person chooses to identify within the binary (male/ female) or outside the binary (Trans
gender, gender non-conforming/ non-binary).
Gender Expression: The way a person decides to express their gender. The way they express their gender could be
through clothing, names, pronouns, etc.
Queer Compass is a student lead, administrative supported, initiative meant to better serve the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally+ (LGBTQIA+) population on Westminster's campus.
Inspired by the great work done by UIC’s Gender and Sexuality Center, Queer Compass aims to foster community,
visibility, and openness with our Westminster students. By holding monthly meetings attendees will be able to
participate in multifaceted, intersectional, dialogues surrounding issues of marginalization, victimization, safety,
power, privilege, identity, gender, sexuality, navigating higher education and opportunities for growth.
Contact Jared Winn-Taryor at firstname.lastname@example.org to
find out about upcoming events.