at Milton Public Schools

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are three closely linked values held by many organizations that are working to be supportive of different groups of individuals, including people of various races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations. In Milton, we include the related topic, belonging, in our DEI strategy. The four concepts are grouped because they are interconnected and it is only in combination that their actual impact emerges.  


Diversity is the varied set of things or people that makes up a whole. Diversity is intrinsic to our daily lives. In multiplicity, we find opportunities for learning and practicing different skills: empathy, emotional intelligence, and understanding.


Equity refers to fair treatment for all people, including norms, practices, and policies in place that ensure that identity does not predict opportunities or outcomes. In contrast with equality, which assumes that all people should be treated the same, equity considers a person’s unique circumstances and adjusts treatment so that the result is equal.  


Inclusion is the degree to which organizations embrace everyone and enable them to make meaningful contributions. Intentional organizations strive to culture so inclusive that all feel their voices will be heard.


Belonging is the feeling of security and support caused by acceptance and inclusion of a person's identity. More than just being part of a group, a true feeling of belonging means you can bring your authentic self to a space while experiencing unity and shared beliefs and ideals with other members of a group.