Terminology and Recommendations

Defining DEIS

The resources below provide definitions and recommended terms to use in constructing strategic plans for diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging (DEIS) at Michigan Tech. Of course, the moment we use these terms, we might immediately wonder, "What does all this mean?" Not surprisingly, various definitions for each of these terms exists. However, a few common themes emerge that can help us work toward common goals:

None of the definitions and recommended terms below are intended to be authoritative. Experts and members of various identity groups disagree on what some terms mean and how they should be used. However, units can and should use these resources as a primer to begin the conversation—in good faith, with the intent of applying the best terms possible. Aside from some terms that are obviously offensive, we are all learning, and we should be gracious to those who make honest mistakes.

Finally, the material below is not exhaustive, and, ultimately, units will need to make their own decisions about definitions and terms. As always, units are encouraged to consult with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (OVPDI) on specific questions.

Recommendations on Usage

Specific Identities

Selected Web Resources