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The Office of Equity, Vitality, and Inclusion, in partnership with Boston Medical Center, Boston University Medical Group, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences collaboratively developed this Glossary as a tool to align our goals of justice, equity, and belonging and strengthen our collective understanding. Establishing shared language is foundational to creating common understanding by expanding our awareness of the world beyond our individual identities and experiences.

The Glossary is informed by experts across many fields and is consistent with our peer institutes. Most importantly, our students, faculty, staff, and leadership reviewed and revised it! Together, we developed the Glossary for Culture Transformation and together, we can promote an environment where everyone feels affirmed and valued!

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Ableism

Noun

Beliefs or practices that rest on the assumption that being able-bodied is “normal” while other states of being need to be “fixed” or altered. This can result in devaluing or discriminating against people with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disabilities. Institutionalized ableism may include or take the form of un/intentional organizational barriers that result in disparate treatment of people with disabilities (PwDs).

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Harvard Human Resources Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Terms

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The Glossary for Culture Transformation is a living document to be revised on an annual basis. It was developed by the Office of Equity, Vitality, and Inclusion in partnership with Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston Medical Center (BMC), and Boston University Medical Group (BUMG).

Suggested Citation: Office of Equity, Vitality, and Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, and Boston University Medical Group. Glossary for Culture Transformation. 2021.

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