Diversity and Inclusion Definitions

What is diversity? 

In broad terms, diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences. But it’s more than this. We all bring with us diverse perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures. Here in ODE we know the power of diversity is unleashed when we respect and value differences. Diversity is defined by who we are as individuals. HUD recognizes that its strength comes from the dedication, experience, talents, and perspectives of every employee. Diversity encompasses the range of similarities and differences each individual brings to the workplace, including but not limited to national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structures. We define workforce diversity as a collection of individual attributes that together help us pursue organizational objectives efficiently and effectively. In simple terms, diversity is the mix.

What is inclusion? 

Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential. Inclusion should be reflected in an organization’s culture, practices and relationships that are in place to support a diverse workforce. Inclusion is the process of creating a working culture and environment that recognizes, appreciates, and effectively utilizes the talents, skills, and perspectives of every employee; uses employee skills to achieve the agency’s objectives and mission; connects each employee to the organization; and encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness. We define inclusion as a set of behaviors (culture) that encourages employees to feel valued for their unique qualities and experience a sense of belonging.
In simple terms, inclusion is getting the mix to work together.

What is inclusive diversity? 

The transparency of human capital processes throughout the Federal workplace as an approach to foster the inclusion that leads to the diversity of the workforce. We define inclusive diversity as a set of behaviors that promote collaboration amongst a diverse group.