Shared Definitions

  • Racism - any prejudice against someone because of their race when those views are reinforced by systems of power

  • Bias - a preference in favor of, or against a person, group of people or thing

  • Explicit bias - biases that one is consciously aware of and that one can admit to oneself and potentially others

  • Implicit bias - biases that occurs unconsciously and unintentionally that affects

  • Stereotypes - a fixed, overgeneralized and widely held belief about a particular group or class of people, often rooted in prejudice

  • Whiteness - the way that White people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the societal standard by which all other groups are compared, creating a culture where non-White people are seen as inferior or abnormal judgments, decisions, and behaviors

  • White Supremacy - the belief that White people constitute a superior race and should therefore dominate society, typically to the exclusion or detriment of other racial and ethnic groups

  • White Dominant Culture - the established language, religion, values, rituals, and social customs on which the society was built, having the most power and are used as norms and standards without proactively being named or chosen by the full group

  • Privilege - certain social advantages, benefits or degrees of prestige and respect that an individual has by virtue of belonging to certain social identity groups that have historically occupied positions of dominance over others

  • Identities/Labels - identities are one’s sense of self that is related to a social identity group; labels are categorizations made by others, accurately or inaccurately and with or without malice, to assign people to those social identity groups

  • Intersectionality - the merging or intersection of multiple marginalized identities and how the various aspects of those identities intersect to mutually constitute individuals’ lived experiences

  • Cultural appropriation - the adoption of cultural identity markers from a non-dominant culture that doesn’t respect their original meaning, give credit to their source, or reinforces stereotypes or contributes to oppression

  • Microaggressions - common, everyday slights, insults and comments, whether intentional or unintentional, that spring from explicit or implicit biases, perpetrated against people of a marginalized or oppressed group because of that affiliation

  •  AAPI – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

  • ·BIPOC - Black Indigenous People of Color

  • ·DEI – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • ·EEO – Equal Employment Opportunity

  • ·HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities

  • ·POC – People of Color