Word of the Week

Word of the Week is a glossary of language used in conversations regarding social justice, diversity, and allyship. Every week, the CCD publicizes a term or concept that highlights some aspect of identity, along with resources to learn more about that term. The given definitions provide a starting point for engaging in open and honest conversation, and are a tool meant to build a shared language of understanding throughout our campus community. It is important to acknowledging that the meaning of these words may change and evolve over time and in different contexts. Building on last year's theme of "mattering," our 2019-2019 theme of "activating" will hopefully further inspire diversity education, advocacy, and actions throughout the Caltech community and beyond.

·      Activate  (verb): To start something. To make active or more active.Here are just a few ideas on how you can begin to get activated in diversity and inclusion here on campus:    attend a SafeZone training; become a Caltech Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador; join an student club; be an ally.

·      Diversity (noun): Different, varied or a range of different things. Includes our social identities, backgrounds, experiences, and thoughts. (Additional resource: Scott Page Diversity Bonus).

·      Inclusion (noun): An environment and commitment to respect and nurture diverse social groups and identities; an environment where all people feel like they belong. A sense of belonging is foundational to achieving excellence in all areas of your life from academics to human connection, how can we ensure all members of our Caltech community feel like they are an integral part of this campus?

·      Equity (noun): An approach that ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities, regardless of where they start. Equity recognizes that advantages and barriers exist, and that, as a result, we all don't start from the same place in life. Activate towards methods of equity: learn more about equity mindedness.

·      Microaggressions (noun): The everyday slights, indignities, put-downs and insults that people of color, women, LBGT populations and other marginalized people experience in their day-to-day interactions. These messages may be sent verbal, non-verbal, or environmental. Activate: learn about and challenge your own microaggressions https://equity.ucla.edu › wp-content › uploads › 2016/06.

·      Intersectionality (noun): A concept to describe how race, class, gender, and other characteristics of our identities overlap and interact with one another. "Intersectionality" is a term coined in 1989 by professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. You can learn more about her work and the term through an interview with her: https://www.law.columbia.edu/pt-br/news/2017/06/kimberle-crenshaw-intersectionality 

·      Tongva People (noun): "The Gabrieleno-Tongva are the native/indigenous people who occupied much of what is now the LA Basin, as well as the Channel Islands. Many still live in the area today. You are encouraged to learn more about the land that you walk upon every day and the history of the first nation people of this region. You can learn more about them http://www.tongvapeople.org/. Activate and apply this:  write a "land acknowledgement" for your presentations, papers, funding sources etc.  Learn more about them here https://usdac.us/nativeland

·      Weightism (noun): Prejudice and discrimination against overweight and obese people. It also intersects with diet culture. Diet culture is a set of beliefs that elevates certain body types over others, equates thinness with health and worth, and, as a result, actively oppresses those who fall outside the ideal. Find more information on this podcast: https://christyharrison.com/foodpsych/5/the-truth-about-diet-culture-with-emily-contois