The Laurel School of Princeton has a responsibility to clearly and publicly state our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) within the culture of the Laurel Education Group.
As an organization that values language and word choice, we want to be precise when we talk about DEIB. We’re grateful to the University of Washington for its glossary of relevant terminology and have adapted our first three definitions below from the guide.
- Diversity: Encompassing a wide range of identities, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexuality, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, veteran status, physical appearance, political ideology, life experiences, etc.
- Equity: Fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while acknowledging that there are historically underserved and underrepresented populations and striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.
- Inclusion: An environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued as a fully participating member; one that embraces differences and respects all people.
- Belonging: The feeling that an individual is an important member of a group; that one readily identifies as a member of the group and feels a sense of connection, security, and affinity within it.