For the past decade many schools have been committed to DIVERSITY, ensuring they have a diverse student body , diverse, personnel, diversity represented at every level. I propose that it is time to move beyond DIVERSITY to EQUITY, in the same way it is time to move beyond TOLERANCE to INCLUSION.
What is the difference?
DIVERSITY: defined as variety a variety of something such as opinion, color, or style (Encarta)
EQUITY: actions, treatment of others, or a general condition characterized by justice, fairness, and impartiality
TOLERANCE: the act of putting up with somebody or something irritating or otherwise unpleasant
INCLUSION: the addition of somebody or something to, or the presence of somebody or something in, a group or mixture