Glossary of Terms

Equity refers to the process of redistributing resources and providing access to equal opportunities for success. Equity works towards eliminating all forms of discrimination and oppression to strive for reconciliation and promote anti-racism.

Diversity is the presence of a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, abilities, and spaces within the Western community. It includes, but it is not limited to, age, education, sexuality, Indigenous status, religion, ability, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Diversity without inclusion is futile.

Inclusion is an active, intentional, and consistent practice of creating a welcoming environment that nurtures a strong sense of belonging and distinctiveness while implementing equitable policies and processes. By practicing inclusivity, every individual is supported to reach their fullest potential and feels respected and valued.


American Library Association. (2017, June 27). Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: An interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. (2017). Guide for Applicants: Considering equity, diversity, and inclusion in your application.

University of Calgary Resource Library. (n.d.). Lesson 1: EDI, positionality and intersecting identities.

Anti-Racism "an active way of seeing and being in the world, in order to transform it. Because racism occurs at all levels and spheres of society (and can function to produce and maintain exclusionary "levels" and "spheres"), Anti-Racism education/activism is necessary in all aspects of society. In other words, it does not happen exclusively in the workplace, in the classroom, or in selected aspects of our lives." 

Reference: Anti-racism defined. Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. (n.d.). Retrieved October 3, 2022, from