A person who campaigns to bring about political or social change. Promotes, impede, direct, or intervene in social, political, economic, or environmental reform with the desire to make changes in society toward a perceived greater good


Discrimination or bias against people with mental and/or physical disabilities and thinking they are “less than” in comparison to what one may deem “typical”. Examples of ableism can be found here.


The idea that people with lighter skin have more privilege and less prejudices against them 


A physical or mental condition which can limit access to certain aspects of life. Disability encompasses mental and physical barriers including mental illness, physical differences, cognitive disabilities, etc.


The fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition


Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls and boys that are socially constructed. This includes norms, behaviors and roles associated with being a woman, man, girl or boy, as well as relationships with each other. Gender and sex are related to but different from gender identity. Gender is hierarchical and produces inequalities that intersect with other social and economic inequalities. Gender identity refers to a person’s deeply felt, internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond to the person’s physiology or designated sex at birth.

Implicit Bias

The attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner


The complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups


A statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group.


The idea that the human species is divided into distinct groups on the basis of inherited physical and behavioral differences.”


Human sexuality is the way people experience and express themselves sexually. This involves biological, erotic, physical, emotional, social, or spiritual feelings and behaviors. Because it is a broad term, which has varied with historical contexts over time, it lacks a precise definition

Systemic Racism

Systems and structures that have procedures or processes that disadvantages a minority race; creates disparities in many “success indicators” including wealth, the criminal justice system, employment, housing, health care, politics and education. The concept was first named during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and was further refined in the 1980s. Structural racism prevents or makes it more challenging for people of color to participate in society and in the economy.


An irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics

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