Diversity Equity & Inclusion
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At SPEC, we are committed to applying the principles of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) both in our workplace and in our work. We believe in building inclusive environments where anyone is and feels welcomed, respected, supported, valued, and able to fully participate. SPEC promotes an inclusive and welcoming culture. We embrace our differences and offer respect and compassion for all people. We hope our work environment fosters a diversity of thought, ideas, perspectives, and values.
This Knowledge Base (KB) entry is designed to SPEC's commitment to DEI by provide useful information and resources for individuals interested in supporting research or activism in the area of DEI and social justice. The KB is always constantly evolving so make sure to check back for updates and improvements!


According to the National Cooperative Extension program, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion are defined as follows:
Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. Populations that have been-and remain- underrepresented among practitioners in the field and marginalized in the broader society.
Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed. Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all. To the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes and development opportunities within an organization or group.


This Knowledge Base entry includes research papers, videos & presentations, and learning resources about DEI and social justice topics.
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