Classrooms that practice DEI, or diversity, equity, and inclusion, are vital to supporting all learners and to providing an environment that offers students the skills needed to uphold the values of equality that permeate the documents of the founding of the United States. Diversity refers to including all members of society, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, language, age, political point of view, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Equity refers to justice, fairness, and being impartial within the systems and processes of society. Inclusion involves not just diversity itself, but providing a welcoming feeling that is inviting so that diverse individuals can participate fully.
Based on these definitions, you can easily see that DEI is important in the twenty-first century classroom in the United States in particular, where historically the country was a “melting pot” of immigrants and has continued to be today. Below are examples of content that support diversity that are exclusively available with your Maps101 subscription.