Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Welcome to Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), our resource guide complete with comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion readings, tools, and other resources. This toolkit covers many of the fundamentals and dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion to help guide you on your paths toward allyship and understanding, as well as providing background on historical and current events in the modern American cultural context. Read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion blogs.

What is Diversity?

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. Diversity is the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. These differences can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc.

What is Equity?

Equity is the pledge of fair treatment, opportunity and advancement while striving to identify and eliminate barriers.

What is Inclusion?

Inclusion is an outcome to ensure that those that are from all backgrounds actually feel and are welcomed. Inclusion is the act of bringing together and harnessing differences in a way that is beneficial and creates a sense of belonging. (For a wonderful introduction to the concept of inclusion, check out this video.)

Dimensions of Diversity

There are many aspects to our identities. In 1990, Marilyn Loden and Judy Rosener developed the Diversity Wheel, a framework for the various different dimensions of diversity within individuals and institutions.

A graphic showing elements of diversity

The Diversity Wheel is now used to encourage thinking about values, beliefs, and dimensions of identity for people and organizations in a more interconnected way. The YMCA shared that, “to truly be inclusive and welcoming to all, it is critical to understand the many factors that make up and influence a person’s individuality. If we hold too narrow a view of what constitutes diversity, we will miss opportunities to effectively engage, connect, and serve all members of our communities.” We encourage you to explore our resources in each Dimension of Diversity below to learn more about DEI as you start your journeys toward allyship!