Embracing diversity within schools helps to create an inclusive environment and provides a foundation for student health, wellbeing and academic achievement. Aboriginal and LGBT students, students from low income homes, homes where English is a second language, and students with special needs are some of the groups that benefit when a school community takes action to value, include and respect all people and remove barriers to them engaging fully at school.
Diversity: The presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within a group, organization, or society. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
Equity: A condition or state of fair, inclusive, and respectful treatment of all people. Equity does not mean treating people the same without regard for individual differences.
Inclusive Education: Education that is based on the principles of acceptance and inclusion of all students. Students see themselves reflected in their curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment, in which diversity is honoured and all individuals are respected.
For more information on Equity and Inclusion, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equity.pdf.
The following links provide more information on some specific topics and community groups:
Determinants of Health: (understanding the factors that impact on a person's health, such as income, education, where we live, the environment, and relationships with family and friends)
First Nations Metis Inuit
Gay Straight Alliances
Bridges Out Of Poverty