Frequently Asked Questions
What is "equity"?
You’ve probably heard the words “equity” and “equality” used interchangeably, but they are not the same.
Equality is about having equal shares of something and everyone having the same amount. But, having an equal share of something doesn’t take into account the variations among people or differences between groups of people.
Conversely, an equal quantity among different people with varying needs isn’t always equitable.
Equity seeks to satisfy the needs of different people or groups of people without judging them for their gender, race, ethnicity, politics, or religion. To be equitable, different needs are satisfied by actions and policies that are just and fair, although not necessarily equal.
How does equity (or inequity) affect our work environment?
Inequity can cause bias among people or groups of people, seeding prejudices that negatively impact attitudes and behaviors, harm morale, and create dissonance that impairs productivity, which jeopardizes organizational achievement. An equitable workplace is an environment where employees interact effectively and cooperatively across their differences, creating a favorable climate for productivity and organizational achievement.
Will my supervisor see what I submit?
Each member of the committee has agreed to protect the confidentiality of all employees who submit an equity issue. Your supervisor would only be made aware of an equity issue if a submission prompts the Equity Committee to assign action to a department or functional area for which your supervisor is responsible. Even in this case, the name or names of the person who submitted an issue or concern is kept confidential, even from the committee.
Will I get in trouble for submitting a question or concern?
The Superintendent encourages and supports any VMI employee who wishes to submit an issue or concern for review by the Equity Committee, and views this process as integral to a caring and civil culture at VMI. Opposition to this philosophy would be considered counter-productive.