Bias incidents: Offenses against individuals, groups, property, and/or society, motivated in whole or in part by a person or group’s perceived identity, including age, citizenship, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.
Diversity: Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to age, ethnicity, gender, ability status, race, physical attributes, sexual orientation, sexual identity, national origin, socio-economic background, educational background, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, intellectual and political beliefs, work experience, and job classification.
Campus Climate: The current attitudes, behaviors, perceptions, and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities, and potential.
Campus Culture: Campus culture is more holistic than campus climate, and includes deeply held values and beliefs. It is influenced by the university’s mission, academic culture, and core values. The University of Texas aims to facilitate, sustain, and advance a culture that supports excellence, equity, inclusion, and community by fostering dialogue, respect, and personal and intellectual growth.
Inclusion: Inclusion recognizes and embraces the need for all members of the University community to have a sense of ownership in the institution and a sense and place of belonging. According to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, “It requires sustained and intentional institutional commitment and action. Tolerance is passive and may be a starting point. Inclusion is active and reflects the continuing character of a campus.”