Equity not Diversity

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

Published by Jane Bleasdale PhD

Jane.Bleasdale, PhD is Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Leadership Studies in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Dr.Bleasdale has lived and taught in the United Kingdom, The Bahamas and the United States, Her career as an educator now spans three decades. Dr. Bleasdale previously served as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development Her doctoral research focused on equity and inclusion in high schools and specifically the experience of Black, Latino and LGBTQ students. She has recently conducted research on social and emotional wellness of students, the impact of school leaders on creating inclusive communities and critical feminist perspectives on leadership.Current research focuses on the experience and impact of women leaders with intersectional identities. Dr.Bleasdale is the principal investigator on a participatory action research project at USF collaborating with 10 doctoral students on a new paradigm for equitable leadership focused on critical feminst perspectives.

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