The Arizona Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all Arizona students are provided the opportunity to succeed and reach their full academic potential. The department is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its policies, procedures, practices, and programs.
Defining Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Educational equity means that all students are provided with the resources they need to produce comparably positive academic and social outcomes regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, religion, nationality, immigration status, cognitive or physical ability, family background or structure, income, or zip code.
Workplace equity, diversity and inclusion in the Arizona Department of Education means that all staff, regardless of position, role, work experience and work style are valued for their expertise, treated with respect, receive support to excel, and have equitable outcomes regarding the development and advancement of their careers.
Includes all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another; in reference to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, religion, nationality, immigration status, cognitive or physical ability, family background or structure, income, zip code. This definition also includes diversity of ideas, perspectives, and values. Individuals may affiliate with multiple identities. (Racial Equity Tools Glossary. https://www.racialequitytools.org/glossary )
Is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group is welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces difference and offers respect in words and actions for all people.