MTSD: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Montgomery Township School District is committed to improving the educational experiences of all students through fostering an culturally inclusive and responsive environment.
Defining Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion:
Diversity: includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make an individual or group different from another. Diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender identity/expression. However, it can also include age, national origin, religion, ability, sexual orientation. socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance, as well as diversity of thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and values.
Equity: is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Inclusion: is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. It's important to note that while an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group isn't always inclusive.