What is diversity?

Diversity means recognizing, accepting, respecting, and valuing differences among people, for example, on the basis of age, health, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, education, work experience, socioeconomic status, and religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Diversity also means recognizing that each person is unique and that the differences between individuals are acknowledged, accepted, respected, and valued.

Diversity occurs when groups and individuals live and work together without prejudice in an environment that is safe for all. This means that diversity is more than just tolerating differences.