Equity in Education
Equity in education is when a student receives the support and resources needed to achieve academic success, regardless of their social, economic and academic circumstances. Equity in education helps all students perform at their most optimal level. There are two main pillars that are closely related to equity in education: fairness (prohibiting discrimination based on gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status) and inclusion (ensuring a basic minimum standard of education for every student).
Equity in education refers to giving every student the resources and opportunities they need to achieve full academic and social potential. Working towards equity in education involves examining biases and creating inclusive academic environments to reduce achievement gaps in order for students to thrive. For example, institutional administrators may take note of standardized test performance among students from low-income backgrounds and work towards creating more equitable assessment solutions. Equity in education involves making sure underrepresented students feel represented in the course material, are able to access and engage with content in and out of class and feel comfortable interacting with peers and their professors.