Campus Climate: Includes the culture, decisions, practices, policies and behaviors that, taken together, constitute the working and learning environment at Edgewood. All members of the Edgewood College community should believe that they are members of a supportive working and learning environment. Such a climate is everyone's responsibility, and includes fostering a climate of civility and respect for others, elimination of discrimination, and providing easy access to redress, if needed. The campus climate, though difficult to quantify or change, sets the tone for successful recruitment and retention of students, faculty, staff and administration.
Disability: A person who has a physical or psychological impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities; a person who has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such impairment.
Diversity: A comprehensive term, inclusive of those identified as racial or ethnic minorities, those we identify as culturally different in any way (based on life style, values, economic circumstances, religion, sexual orientation, ability/disability, etc.) those who are frequently marginalized, and those we perceive as representative of the more mainstream culture.
Ethnic Identity: A unique social and cultural heritage shared by a group of people.
Gender: The manner in which a person outwardly represents their gender, regardless of the physical characteristics that might typically define them as male or female.
Inclusion: A concept of shared power. The ability or skill to include different constituencies in policy, design, and decision-making processes. An environment can be diverse without being inclusive if a more mainstream group holds most, if not all of the power.
Racial/Ethnic Identity: A socially constructed category about a group of people based on generalized physical features such as skin color, hair type, shape of eyes, physique, etc.
Religious Identity: An awareness of belonging or affiliation with a religious or faith-based group.
Sexual Orientation: Term that refers to the sex of the people one tends to be emotionally, physically and sexually attracted to; this is inclusive of, but not limited to, lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, heterosexual people, and those who identify as queer.
Underrepresentation: The historical and systematic process, intentional or unintentional, that creates an environment in which the population of a certain demographic group, which exists at a certain proportion in the general population, is not proportionally represented at Edgewood.