The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Definitions

Affirmative Action – An active effort to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups, women, veterans and persons with disabilities due to a history of unfair treatment.

Bias – Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.

Discrimination – The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things especially on the grounds of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Diversity - All of the ways in which people differ, including innate characteristics (such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, mental or physical abilities, and sexual orientation) and acquired characteristics (such as education, socioeconomic status, religion, work experience, language skills, cultural values, geographic location, family status, organizational level, work style, philosophical and intellectual perspective, etc.).

Equity – The fair and equal treatment of all human resources related to pay, job duties, level of responsibility, opportunities for advancement and promotion, and participation regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.

Inclusion – Enabling the full participation and contribution of all human resources in support of the mission of the organization by eliminating implicit and explicit barriers. By leveraging the diverse talents and attributes of the entire workforce, configuring work opportunities, business processes, functional operations, reward systems, work-life options, professional interactions, communications, information-sharing, and decision-making inclusion in action empowers all employees to reach their full potential.

Prejudice – An irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics.

Sexual Harassment – Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may consist of repeated behaviors or arise from a single incident, if sufficiently severe. Harassment of women by men, harassment of men by women, and harassment between persons of the same sex may all constitute sexual harassment.

Stereotype – To believe, unfairly, that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same; a widely held by fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.

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