Welcome to the Rubenstein Equity Survey! Your responses are deeply appreciated. Before you start, please read the following definitions to prepare for taking the survey.
Ableism: Discrimination or prejudice against individuals with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities; systems that create barriers for differently abled people.
Classism: Differential treatment based on social class or perceived socioeconomic status; assigning characteristics of worth and ability based on social class.
Diversity: The wide variety of differing and overlapping identities, experiences, and characteristics between people and groups of people.
Dominant Culture: The cultural values, beliefs, and practices that are assumed to be the most common, influential, and hold the most power within a given society.
Equity: Conditions that foster fairness and justice for all peoples, especially where equal opportunities don’t lead to equal outcomes.
Gender: A person’s identity pertaining to how masculine, feminine, both, or neither, if any, they identify as. Considered a social construct and it is traditionally societally determined by biological sex.
Homophobia: An irrational fear of or aversion to homosexuality or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) people.
Inclusion: The act of supporting involvement in groups or activities by creating an environment that empowers people and fosters welcomeness, respect, and solidarity. An inclusive climate with equitable access to opportunities and resources embraces differences and encourages diversity.
Racism: Individual actions (both intentional and unconscious) that marginalize and harm People of Color; structures that determine and maintain racial inequity; and institutional norms that sustain White privilege and permit the ongoing subordination of minoritized persons.
Religion: A system of beliefs, usually spiritual in nature, and often in terms of a formal, organized denomination.
Sexism: Discrimination based on sex or gender, or the belief that men are superior to women, whether conscious or unconscious; practices and institutions that maintain male domination and permit ongoing cooperation in a system in which one sex (usually female) has less power.
Sexual Orientation: The direction of one’s sexual attraction toward the same gender, opposite gender, or other genders. Sexual orientation is considered to be on a scale, and not necessarily a set of absolute categories.