EDI Glossary of Terms
The Living Glossary of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Terms for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) Professionals is a glossary of commonly used EDI terms with applied definitions specifically within the IRPE context. A clear understanding of EDI vocabulary is necessary for IRPE practitioners to actively engage in, and ultimately facilitate, meaningful conversations related to racial and other equity for students and employees on their campuses. The current list of EDI terms included in the glossary was adapted from the CCC Chancellor’s Office DEI Glossary of Terms, and while not exhaustive, it serves as a starting point for researchers and others working in IRPE to engage in discussions of EDI topics and advance equity goals. The “living” part of this glossary signifies the ever-expanding and changing nature of language, and our intent to update the glossary as often as needed to respond to continuously evolving meanings and terms used in EDI work. We invite you to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement, including terms to add, through our RP Pulse survey.
Access the living glossary here.
To keep the glossary “living,” we have chosen to share it as a google doc. If you would like to use the glossary locally, you will need to download the document either as a Google or Word document.