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Diversity for the SHRM Vermont State Council

    Working Definitions of Diversity

    1) Workplace Diversity is the collective mixture of differences and similarities that includes for example, individual and organizational characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences and behaviors.

    Dimensions of Diversity include but are not limited to:




    Physical abilities/qualities


    Sexual orientation

    Geographic location


    Religious beliefs

    Parental status

    Marital status

    Military experience

    Work experience

    Family status

    Socio-economic status

    Educational background


    Organizational Background

    Group identity


    Organizational level


    Thinking styles

    Job classification, job function

    Communication styles

    Relationships and group affiliations


    2) Inclusion is the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; have equal access to opportunities and resources; and can contribute fully towards the organization’s success.

     3) Diversity Management is a comprehensive organizational and managerial process for leveraging diversity and achieving inclusion that maximizes the potential of all employees.