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MAE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Definitions

Diversity is the representation of all our varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, tribe, caste, socio-economic status, thinking and communication styles, etc.), collectively and as individuals. We seek to proactively engage, understand, and draw on a variety of perspectives in all levels of the organization, including key, decision-making roles.

Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all. We believe this is only possible in an environment built on respect and dignity and we believe that the solution to the problems we hope to address will be by ensuring that the evaluators or members of a team of evaluators reflect the communities or populations of focus.

Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. We believe every person’s voice adds value, and we strive to create balance in the face of power differences. We believe that no one person can or should be called upon to represent an entire community

Access means giving equitable access to everyone along the continuum of human ability and experience. Accessibility encompasses the broader meanings of compliance and refers to how organizations make space for the characteristics that each person brings (American Alliance of Museums). 


These definitions are based on definitions established by the Ford Foundation. Ford Foundation. (2020) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Annual Report 2020. https://www.fordfoundation.org/media/5533/2019-dei-update.pdf

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