Diversity – Collection of individual attributes that are valued, respected and heard that together help the County pursue objectives efficiently and effectively.
Attributes of diversity include, but are not limited to: race, national origin, color, ethnicity, disability, gender, age religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structure.
Inclusion – When the County values, respects, and invites diverse voices into all aspects of the organization, including its decision making, so that all contribute to the success of the County.
Equity – Just and fair inclusion in the County where all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential. Equity efforts seek to rectify historic patterns of exclusion, thus providing all people an opportunity to fully participate in the organization and community.
Racial Equity – Where race is no longer used to predict life outcomes and outcomes for all groups are improved.
Bias – Unconscious (implicit) or conscious (explicit) beliefs that impact decision making or action and result in treating one (or more) groups differently.
Cultural Competence – Educating, increasing awareness, and developing skills to effectively navigate the County’s multi-cultural work environment.