Definitions and Videos

  • Bias - an inclination or prejudice for or against one person or group, especially in a way considered to be unfair 
  • Diversity - the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, physical ability, religion, and political beliefs.
  • Educational Equity - a concept meaning "that every student has 'access to the educational resources and rigor they need at the right moment in their education across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background and/or family income.' Educational Equity is the degree of achievement, fairness and opportunity in education as measured by a standard of success." (from the Vermont Agency of Education)
  • Equity Literacy - "the skills and dispositions that enable us to recognize, respond to and redress (i.e., correct for) conditions that deny some students access to the educational opportunities enjoyed by their peers. Equity literacy also describes the skills and dispositions that allow us to create and sustain equitable and just learning environments for all families and students. (Gorski, 2014)
  • Implicit Bias - attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner
  • Microaggressions - verbal, behavioral, or environmental slights against members of marginalized groups
  • Stereotypes - an oversimplified belief about a particular type of person or group 
  • Systemic - widespread, affecting a group as a whole