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"A sense of belonging is a vital social component of human life that goes beyond acceptance into a group. Belonging is the feeling of security and support when there is a sense of acceptance."


Dr. Pablo Otaola


US Department of Commerce

"Diversity includes all characteristics and experiences that define each of us as individuals. It includes race, gender, sex, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, communication style, work style, socio-economic stgatus, political orientation, etc."


UC Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

"The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups."


UC Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

"The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people."

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