Diversity is the full range of unique characteristics and experiences that each person brings to the organization.
These differences may include ethnicity, cultural heritage, gender, age, religion, and sexual orientation and functional abilities.
These differences are important to understand, but they cannot be used to predict any individual's values, choices, or responses.
Valuing diversity involves deepening our understanding of how interconnected statuses relate to patterns of socialization, affiliation, and opportunity. These patterns shape identities and influence the way people experience, understand, and interpret the world.