DEI Key Terms and Concepts


Part of the DEI Standing Group’s charge is to develop and promote a shared understanding of key terms and concepts related to DEI and anti-racism. The definitions shared in these pages are in support of that charge.

Just as our understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism grows and expands, the definitions on these pages will change and adapt to reflect continual learning. As such, these definitions will never be “final.”

Terms are collected in the following category pages:

  • Foundational Concepts
  • Race and Racism
  • Gender and Sexuality – in progress
  • Ability and Disability – in progress
  • Socioeconomic Status – in progress
  • Immigration Status – in progress
  • Additional categories to come

Alliance members who would like to share feedback are encouraged to use the anonymous feedback form.

Creators and Editors

Members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion DEI Standing Group (DEISG) created and continue to update these terms to maintain definitions that are reflective, relevant, and meaningful.