DIMP 2.0

Definition of Terms

Diversity The report recognizes diversity in its myriad forms, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and language use among others Equity Ensures that all people have fair, just and equal opportunities Inclusion Invites people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to participate, engage, collaborate, and contribute Underrepresented minoritized (URM) Race and ethnicities that are traditionally proportionally underrepresented in optometry school and practice. For the purposes of this report, this includes those who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native “SUNY Optometry” or “The College” These terms will be used in the report to identify State University of New York College of Optometry

Belonging The promotion of a culture of authenticity, non- judgement, trust, respect, safety, and comfort that allows all community members to feel connected and do their best work

Staff Defines employees at SUNY College of Optometry who do not have a faculty rank

Faculty Employees of SUNY College of Optometry that provide didactic or clinical teaching services

Ethnicity/ethnic Defined as t he fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition. This is a social construct without biological or scientific meaning, but is used to describe groups of people Minority This is a broad term that when used on a population level is intended to refer to non-white individuals. It will be used sparingly in this report, as the demographics of the US are rapidly changing DEI This acronym denotes the words “diversity, equity and inclusion”

DIMP 2.0 This term will be used to refer to this Diversity and Inclusion Master Plan 2022-2027

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