Diversity is the practice or quality of including people with an array of various identities and backgrounds including race, ethnicity, nationality, age, disability, gender, and perspectives. Equity is equal access to opportunities by different communities and members of society. An important component of equity is working to overcome barriers faced by some communities. Inclusion is the practice of providing equal resources and opportunities for every member of society. Inclusion means that everyone is respected, heard, and differences are embraced. Justice refers to equal protection to which all communities are entitled. Every member of the community has the right to a healthy environment and the opportunity to participate and voice their opinion in policy making.
What DEIJ can look like in grantmaking:
Diversity: The pool of grant applicants and awardees consists of a wide variety of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
Equity: The grant application process maintains a high standard of accessibility and provides support for applicants with varying ability and familiarity with the program.
Inclusion: An environment in which all groups feel equally welcome and valued. A high standard of fairness is upheld in selecting awardees.
Justice: An awareness of the history of environmental injustice in the United States and an effort to rectify those events with the selected winners of awards.
What DEIJ can look like in project implementation:
Diversity: Project representation and engagement from a wide variety of local stakeholders with diverse backgrounds.
Equity: A project design that promotes an equitable distribution of coastal restoration benefits and resources and creates equal opportunity access for all community members to voice their feedback.
Inclusion: A strong two-way system of communication exists between the project implementers and community members. Local groups should be continuously informed and be able to provide feedback.
Justice: An understanding of the historical, environmental, and social contexts of the communities in which the project is being implemented. Identifying the needs of underrepresented groups and applying them to the project when possible.