The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. Functionally, it means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing and appreciating our individual differences as well as our similarities. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies. Our functional definition of diversity is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
Mandatory employee training is available online from the Office of Diversity and Equity and New Media Learning.