At WPI, we seek to ensure that all four components of DEIB are interwoven throughout our inclusive community and serve as important pillars of the university’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, Lead with Purpose. According to Findem (2022), DEIB, when applied to the workplace, is defined as follows:
WPI's Values Statement
We are a community that stands for civility and respect. We stand for acceptance of others and champion those who may need compassion and understanding. We are an inclusive community that respects peaceful discord and upholds a fundamental belief that all members of our community deserve to feel safe. Our collective mix of thoughts and experiences enrich those fundamental values that have long guided our university. As we navigate through times of change, know that our values remain.
We believe that a community-wide focus on sustainable inclusive excellence is not only imperative to fostering an inclusive learning and work environment, but also elevating the impact a culture of belonging can have on the greater STEM community. Listed below are our institutional definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging that serve as one of the many foundations to this important work.
Definitions of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)
Diversity refers to the demographics of the workplace, which includes but is not limited to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, military/veteran status, location, nationality, disability status, and skills.
Equity gives each employee fair and equal access, opportunities, and advancements, regardless of their diversity background. For example, if a new hire has a disability, an equitable workplace ensures that the resources are readily accessible to help that employee succeed. Equity means that each team member has the proper resources to do their job, with equal opportunity.
Inclusion ensures everyone in the workplace is treated fairly and respectfully, despite differences. Inclusion is also about how employees interact.
Belonging centers around the employee's experience of feeling accepted in the workplace. Every team member should feel that their perspective is valued and useful. Belonging to a team implies a sense of value—that an employee is needed and wanted.
Tony Laing, PhD, to Lead Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at WPI
Tony Laing, PhD, recently joined WPI in the role of assistant vice president for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) in the Division of Talent & Inclusion. Laing will work with staff and faculty across WPI to infuse diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging into decision-making processes and practices.
An Inclusive Excellence Action Plan at WPI
WPI's Welcoming Environment
WPI is committed to an environment welcoming to all. We ensure a designated safe space, inclusive spaces including several Gender Inclusive Restroom locations, and a nursing room in the Gordon Library. The library staff has complied a Pride Resources (PDF) list for access to thousands of journal articles, newspaper articles, streaming video and other media referencing LGBTQIAP+ issues.
Pronoun Usage Resources
Dialogue around gender pronouns is a small way to normalize mindfulness of our assumptions and promote gender inclusion. We have curated some suggested practices that we hope will help promote gender pronoun visibility and greater efforts towards creating a more inclusive and affirming WPI community.
Assisting International Students
As home to the Office of International Students and Scholars, the International House at 28 Trowbridge Road offers advice, guidance, and a welcoming space for international students at WPI. With extensive knowledge of essential services and issues of concern to international students, the team here supports the academic, professional, and personal growth of students while ensuring a smooth transition at WPI.
Tony Laing, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
508.831.6382 (O); 508.831.5715 (F); email@example.com
Division of Talent & Inclusion
Boynton Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280