At PDG, diversity includes embracing how people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different. While diversity is often about race, ethnicity, and gender; PDG embraces a broader definition of diversity, including age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. Our definition also includes a diversity of thought, ideas, perspectives, and values. We also recognize that individuals affiliate with multiple identities.
PDG believes equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some marginalized groups. Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within institutions steeped in systematic racism.
PDG fosters environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to participate fully.
PDG believes racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. Racial justice goes beyond “anti-racism.” It is the the presence of deliberate systems and policies created to support and sustain racial equity through proactive and preventative measures.