Applicable Definitions for our Faculty, Staff and Student Survey

    The following items are statements using several terms that are defined below for you. Please refer to these definitions through the rest of the questionnaire.

    Country refers to groups that have been politically defined; people from these groups belong to the same government (e.g., France, Ethiopia, United States). People of different races (White, Black, Asian) or ethnicities (Italian, Japanese) can be from the same country (United States).

    Culture refers to the beliefs, values, traditions, ways of behaving and language of any social group. A social group may be racial, ethnic, religious, etc.

    Diversity refers to the presence and participation of people who differ across multiple dimensions such as customs, perspectives, methods of problem solving, ways of viewing and negotiating the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious views, socio-economic status, age, physical or other abilities, etc.

    Ethnicity or ethnic group refers to a specific social group sharing a unique cultural heritage (e.g., customs, beliefs, language, etc.). Two people can be of the same race (i.e., White) but from different ethnic groups (e.g., Irish-American, Italian-American, etc.).

    Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of having a particular gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, typically, a person’s internal sense of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither.

    Interact effectively refers to the ability to share information that is easily understood by all parties and leads to positive contribution and results of all parties.

    Nationality refers to the status of belonging to a particular nation or country (France, Ethiopia, United States), whether by birth or naturalization.

    Race or racial background refers to a sub-group of people possessing common physical or genetic characteristics. Examples include White, Black, Native American, etc.

    Religious belief refers to the doctrine or belief in the existence (or non-existence as in the case of being agnostic or atheist) of a God or gods. Includes, but is not limited to, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, heathenism, paganism, etc.

    Sexual orientation refers to a person’s ongoing sexual and/or romantic attraction to a particular group or groups of people.

    Varying or different abilities, including disabilities, refers to differences in the way people see, hear, think, communicate, move, learn, etc.