Equity is when people’s race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, etc. do not determine their economic, social, or political opportunities. Distinct from equality, equity looks at leveling the playing field, ensuring the starting line does not determine where one finishes. Approaching work through an equity lens requires analyzing the impact of internal and external processes, as well as foundational assumptions and interpersonal engagement, on marginalized and under-served individuals and communities.
There are many excellent resources that more fully explain equity, give examples of inequities and processes used to achieve greater equity, and explore the impact of inequities on people’s lives.