Key Terms

The following are some quick definitions of key terms used in the assessment.

  • Asian people: Individuals who are understood to have ancestors from Asia.
  • Black people: Individuals who are understood to have ancestors from Africa.
  • Hispanic/Latinx people: Individuals who are understood to have ancestors from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South or Central America, or other Spanish culture.
  • Interracial: Involving interactions between people in different racial groups.
  • Multiracial people: Individuals who are a part of two or more racial groups.
  • Native people: Individuals who are a part of the indigenous peoples of North America.
  • People of color: Individuals who are understood to NOT ONLY have ancestors from Europe.
  • Racial group: A collection of people who are perceived to share geographical ancestry and biological characteristics such as facial features, skin tone, hair color, etc.
  • Racial equity: A condition in which a person’s race does not provide them with advantages or disadvantages.
  • Racial identity: A person’s sense of connection to their racial group.
  • Racial inclusion: A condition in which individuals in all racial groups are an integral part of a group, community, or nation.
  • Racial justice: A condition in which people in all racial groups receive equitable (fair) opportunities and outcomes.
  • Racism: A system of advantage based on race.
  • Reparations: Seeking to correct the damages caused by the history of racism in the U.S.
  • Undocumented immigrants: Individuals born outside of the U.S. who are living in the U.S. without receiving permission (documentation) by the government.
  • White people: Individuals who are understood to ONLY have ancestors from Europe.