NWTC Equity Guide A guide to diversity, equity and inclusion at NWTC - Page 4

COMMON LANGUAGE Throughout this document, you’ll see references to “diversity,” “inclusion,” and other related terms: Majority • Group that holds social power, prestige, privilege, status. • Group that controls sectors of social life, including access to education, jobs, and so on. • Does not imply numerical value. Minority • Group(s) not equal in social power, prestige, privilege, status. • Societal opportunities are not equal to those from the majority group. • Does not imply numerical value. Equity is defined as meeting all individuals within the College community where they are and removing barriers to success. Diversity is defined at NWTC as individual values, personal interests, personalities, learning styles, neuro-functioning, and life experiences; group and social differences such as race, ethnicity, social and economic class, gender identity, immigration status, sexual orientation, country/region of origin, and ability; and political, religious, spiritual, age, or other cultural values and affiliations. Inclusion is a practice of ensuring that students, faculty, and staff belong and are incorporated as valued members of the College community. 2 Underrepresented refers to a group or groups whose limited representation places them at a disadvantage and affects their ability to achieve at the same rate and level as the mainstream population at NWTC. Underrepresented groups are defined in the context of the College’s overall population, or in the context of a specific area of campus, such as an academic program or a department. Multiculturalism is the existence, acceptance, or promotion within the College community of diverse cultures, identities, and experiences that are included in the College’s definition of diversity. International education (global education) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of learning and exchange worldwide and challenge people to critically examine what it means to assume a role of informed citizenship and leadership in a global community. International education is the experience of NWTC students, faculty, and staff researching, teaching and/or traveling abroad; the recruitment of international students; and the delivery of modern instruction that focuses on the political, social, cultural, ecological, and economic systems that define the global community. Cultural intelligence is the capability to assess the varied attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and emotions of one’s self and others and to effectively communicate in situations characterized by diversity at NWTC. Achievement gap is the difference between the rate of achievement for underrepresented populations at NWTC and a stated goal.