This guide presents DEI resources available at the James White Library. It is a dynamic listing, and you are invited to recommend additional items.
Diversity can be defined as the sum of how people are alike and different. Visible diversity is generally those attributes or characteristics that are external. However, diversity goes beyond the external to internal characteristics that we choose to define as ‘invisible’ diversity. Invisible diversity includes those characteristics and attributes that are not readily seen. When we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual. (Adapted from National Education Association)
Equity is not the same as formal equality. Formal equality implies sameness. Equity, on the other hand, assumes difference and takes difference into account to ensure a fair process and, ultimately, a fair (or equitable) outcome. Equity recognizes that some groups were (and are) disadvantaged in accessing educational and employment opportunities and are, therefore, underrepresented or marginalized in many organizations and institutions. The effects of that exclusion often linger systemically within organizational policies, practices, and procedures. Equity, therefore, means increasing diversity by ameliorating the conditions of disadvantaged groups. (Adapted from National Association of Social Workers)
Inclusion means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources and opportunities, and can contribute fully to the organization’s success. (Adapted from Society for Human Resources Management, Hewlett Packard, and Ferris State University)
Source: American Library Association. The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) Glossary of Terms.
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Andrews University is a Christian institution representing global, racial, economic, gender, religious, and generational diversity. As a Seventh-day Adventist institution, we are rooted in the biblical teaching, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all are one in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 3:28). This is demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ himself as He crossed barriers, challenged prejudice and embraced the marginalized groups of his day. Compelled by his gracious example, we set forth our mission to carry the gospel to people of all cultures worldwide. Accordingly, we celebrate the richness of diversity at Andrews University and endeavor, through curricular and co-curricular experiences, to develop cultural competence and intelligence.
Diversity in the English Classroom Dr. Vanessa Corredera, Chair, Department of English. Interviewed by Alyssa Henriquez 09.29.2020