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What does diversity mean to the Society?

Illustration of concepts outlined by Aragon, S. & de Anca, C. (2018).[1]

A diversity of backgrounds, views, experience and perspectives sets the stage for creativity and innovation - and ultimately, it is the mix of people and exchange of ideas that will help us address the challenges of the future.

When considering diversity, we want to reach beyond the protected characteristics to include wider definitions of identity where barriers to inclusion may exist. For example, socioeconomic status, personal needs for mental wellbeing, neurodiversity and learning needs, gender identity and paternal status. We look at diversity through a model of the three types of diversity (demographic, experiential and cognitive) that, when combined, describe our identity.[1]

We apply this definition to diversity in the workforce, and to research and development. For more on what we currently know about both dimensions of this issue, click on the boxes below.