Inclusion means all members feel respected, have a sense of belonging, are supported, and can participate and achieve their goals. It’s an intentional practice of acceptance aimed at recognizing, understanding and celebrating all members of our community.

Diversity covers all aspects of human differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, ability, religion/spirituality,  political, physical appearance, sex, nationality, military/veteran status, neurodiversity, geography, cultural and language.

Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all members are able to prosper. Equitable means acknowledging all needs are not the same.

Recognizing and Valuing Difference Among Individuals, and Learning from the Diversity That is Found in the  Community

The Olin Business School defines diversity as an intentional practice of inclusion and acceptance aimed at recognizing, understanding, and celebrating the differences among all members of our community. We believe our differences are used to unify and enrich the Olin community and encourage open and ongoing dialogue. These differences, which include all aspects of identity, add richness to the Olin experience and reflect the importance of respect for all people.

This definition augments Washington University in St. Louis’s understanding of diversity and complements its efforts to promote an environment of inclusion and acceptance.

Olin welcomes all aspects of identity into our community, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, ability, religious beliefs, political beliefs, physical appearance, sex, nationality, neurodiversity, geography and veteran status.