There are many definitions and descriptions of the words used in diversity and inclusion work, described by many as D&I. Everyone comes to this area of practice with preconceived notions and beliefs, based on their personal experiences.

At the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, we refer to diversity and inclusion rather than D&I because we use an inclusive approach to communications and avoid acronyms, which easily become insider language and can rob words of their true meaning. The following are the definitions we use for the words diversity, inclusion and the concept of diversity and inclusion.

Diversity is about the individual. It is about the variety of unique dimensions, qualities and characteristics we all possess.

Inclusion is about the collective. It is about creating a culture that strives for equity and embraces, respects, accepts and values difference.

Diversity and inclusion is about capturing the uniqueness of the individual; creating an environment that values and respects individuals for their talents, skills and abilities to the benefit of the collective.