Our Commitment to DEI

As part of our promise to uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion at EDUCAUSE, we have published a formal definition of our DEI values and our expectations for upholding these values.

We currently define DEI as: 

Diversity: Working with colleagues who have a wide range of identities, perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. Identity groups include and are not limited to race, color, education, marital status, language, disability, age, ethnicity, appearance, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, geographic location, income-background, nationality, political affiliations, professional position, religion, genetic information, veteran status and preferred learning/communication style.

Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to further equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups. We strive to promote fairness by cultivating an environment in which all employees have the opportunities they need to thrive, no matter their identity or socio-cultural characteristics.

Inclusion: Putting diversity into action by fostering a welcoming, transparent environment with a high level of engagement, association, and respect, in which people can be their authentic selves and where the richness of their ideas and identities is valued and conscientiously bringing traditionally excluded people and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that distributes power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.

We believe that creating an environment where everyone belongs is everyone's job.

The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Treating everyone with dignity, respect, and fairness
  • Providing insights and input as work contributor
  • Listening to and acknowledging others' contributions
  • Contributing to an open and welcoming environment across demographic categories and physical locations
  • Learning about your social style and seeking to improve your versatility by acknowledging the strengths perspectives, work styles, and motivations of co-workers
  • Meeting others at their point of need to advance organizational achievement
  • For supervisors, ensuring everyone's input is heard and considered

If you have additional questions or concerns, please send an email to [email protected].