DEI work is important to UIDM. As the largest student organization on campus, we have a responsibility to use our platform to speak out against discriminatory and racist practices as well as educate our members on their biases and privileges. As a predominately white student organization at a predominately white institution, we are constantly working to recognize our privileges. In our 31st year, the DEI Committee will assist in our goal of educating and empowering members, working toward change, and advocating for our families.

One way that the DEI committee works to educate and empower members is through monthly Empowerment Team meetings. These meetings usually consist of guest speakers and activities that grow the Empowerment Team’s understanding and ability to implement DEI initiatives in each committee as well as when interacting and supporting dancers and families.

Diversity refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, age, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, political perspective, and associational preferences.

Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrive. Equity is different than equality in that equality implies treating everyone as if their experiences are exactly the same. Being equitable means acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities – historic and current – that advantage some and disadvantage others. Equal treatment results in equity only if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities.

Inclusion refers to a campus community where all members are and feel respected, have a sense of belonging, and are able to participate and achieve to their potential. While diversity is essential, it is not sufficient. An institution can be both diverse and non-inclusive at the same time, thus a sustained practice of creating inclusive environments is necessary for success.

Links to report and understand discrimination: This link has resources on campus in regards to sexual misconduct, bias, harassment, equity, and discrimination.