This is a living document

There are some terms that it helps to have a shared understanding of when facilitating discussion. That is all these definitions propose to do, offer a framework for a shared understanding of specific terms that are likely to be part of conversations that occur in our hang-outs. As such, it will be updated and amended as required.

Please be aware, these are rarely, if ever, “dictionary definitions”, though all will come with sources.

  • EDI
    • In this context, EDI is short for “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”, you may also see DEI used.
    • “encompasses the symbiotic relationship, philosophy and culture of acknowledging, embracing, supporting, and accepting those of all racial, sexual, gender, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, among other differentiators.” Dunn, L. (2020) InclusionHub [accessed April 2022]
  • Educational Equity
    • “equity in schooling as ensuring that differences in educational outcomes are not the result of differences in wealth, income, power or possessions. Equity in this sense does not mean that all students are the same or will achieve the same outcomes. Rather, it means that all students must have access to an acceptable international standard of education, regardless of where they live or the school they attend”
    • Chapter 3 of the Final Report of the Australian Federal Government’s Review of Funding for Schooling (usually referred to as the Gonski Report after the Expert Panel’s Chair); entitled “Equity and Disadvantage” (2011: 105)
  • Feminism
    • “feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and the end of sexism in all forms. Motivated by the quest for social justice, feminist inquiry provides a wide range of perspectives on social, cultural, economic, and political phenomena. […] Despite many overall shared commitments, there are numerous differences among feminist’s […] regarding philosophical orientation (whether, for example, Continental or analytic), ontological commitments (such as the category of woman), and what kind of political and moral remedies should be sought.”
    • McAfee, Noëlle, “Feminist Philosophy“, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2018 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)
  • Gender / Gender Identity
    • “Gender identity is understood to refer to each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, modification of bodily appearance or function by medical, surgical or other means) and other expressions of gender, including dress, speech and mannerisms.”
    • From the Yogyakarta Principles (2006, pg6)
    • Gender; Romantic; and Sexual Minorities/Gender; Sexual; and Romantic Minorities
    • This is one of the options being used/proposed as a more inclusive initialism than LGBT because it includes romantic orientation. There are concerns about binary-transgender erasure, due to the fact that identifying as male or female is not a minority experience; it is being assigned the incorrect gender at birth and transitioning that marginalises binary transgender people. This initialism also fails to include intersex people.
    • What! No references? For more on The Community Name Debates
  • Intersectionality
    • Intersectionality acknowledges the mixed nature of social factors such as race, class, ability, age, gender or one of the many other defining aspects of identity as they apply to a given individual or group, often creating an overlap and susceptibility to discrimination or disadvantage. Individuals experience society differently due to the unique intersections of their identities. Everyone’s story and experiences are different. It is important to be mindful and aware that identity groups are not unvarying within themselves, nor are they mutually exclusive.
    • Edith Cowan University’s Inclusive Language Guide
  • Sexual Orientation
    • “Sexual orientation is understood to refer to each person’s capacity for profound emotional, affectional and sexual attraction to, and intimate and sexual relations with, individuals of a different gender or the same gender or more than one gender.”
    • From the Yogyakarta Principles (2006, pg6)
  • Social Equity