Defining Campus Climate & Survey Terms

Please use this webpage to learn more about how terms are defined in the Campus Climate Survey.

  • Campus Climate – The experiences, perceptions and behaviors of employees and students and to the extent to how one feels valued and can succeed at Edgewood. Campus climate sets the tone for a successful experience at Edgewood College and the survey will help identify areas that may need to be addressed to create a healthy campus climate of inclusion.
  • Diversity – A comprehensive term, inclusive of those identified as racial or ethnic minorities, those we identify as culturally different in any way (based on life style, values, economic circumstances, religion, sexual orientation, ability/disability, etc.) those who are frequently marginalized, and those we perceive as representative of the more mainstream culture.
  • Inclusion – A concept of shared power. The ability or skill to include different constituencies in policy, design, and decision-making processes. An environment can be diverse without being inclusive if a more mainstream group holds most, if not all of the power.
  • Microaggressions – Brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.
  • Veteran – A person who served for any length of time in any military service branch.
  • Gender Inclusive Bathrooms – Restrooms used by all genders.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing – Housing in which students are assigned to rooms without regard to gender.
  • Interfaith Prayer Room – A physical space for religious and spiritual exploration, such as a prayer or worship space.
  • Gender Fluid – A person whose gender identification and presentation shifts, whether within or outside of societal, gender-based expectations.
  • Genderqueer – A person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders.
  • Agender – A person who is internally ungendered or does not have a felt sense of gender identity.
  • Androgyne – A person appearing and/or identifying as neither man nor woman, presenting a gender either mixed or neutral.
  • Demigender – A term for nonbinary gender identities that feel a partial connection to a gender.
  • Transgender – A term for people whose gender identity or expression is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth.
  • Intersex – A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
  • Asexual – A person who is not sexually attracted to any gender.
  • Pansexual – A person who is fluid in sexual orientation.

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