Definitions & Resources

Diversity: The condition of being different or having differences. Differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, health, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, physical size, education level, job and function, personality traits, and other human differences. 

Equity: Justice according to natural law or right, freedom from bias or favoritism.

Accessibility: Accessible means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.  

Inclusion/Inclusiveness: As a diversity concept, it is a strategy, an approach, or a concept focusing on all members playing a part in a group’s or an organization’s mission, and a level of respect which offers the opportunity to share unique perspectives and contribute individual strengths. 

*Source for the definitions: Yale Diversity Glossary and the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

Related Resources: 

Davis staff used the following resources to assess our museum’s challenges and opportunities, and to plan and implement goals and actions related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We found the MASS Action Readiness Assessment tool especially useful for identifying areas of both strength and need, and for generating discussion among each other

We stand in solidarity with those who have experienced and resisted anti-Asian racism, misogyny, and violence. These are some of the resources we are drawing upon to challenge anti-Asian racism in our work, workplace, campus, and communities.

Institutional DEAI Plans:

The Davis DEAI Working Group consulted many useful institutional models—including those linked below—through the course of our own research, assessment, and action plan development.