Vision, Mission, & Values

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Definitions

As a part of the Packard Foundation’s commitment to justice and equity, the Foundation identified a need for a shared understanding and definitions of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging. Together Packard Foundation staff and trustees co-created the following definitions for these terms which inform our work across the Foundation.


We celebrate diversity. Diversity is the representation of all our identities and differences, collectively and as individuals. We recognize that all forms of diversity, particularly those that have been historically marginalized or under-represented, are important for increasing overall effectiveness and fulfilling our values. We seek to embody diversity on our teams, in the work we do, and in how we carry out that work.


We strive for inclusion. Inclusion is an active practice of inviting diverse perspectives and voices by intentionally creating space, acknowledging unequal power in relationships, and making appropriate accommodations for people to meaningfully participate. We seek to incorporate diverse voices, opinions, and expertise into discussion and decision-making processes.


We endeavor to create a culture of belonging. To belong means that people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and identities feel accepted and celebrated for who they are and feel comfortable expressing their authentic selves. We seek to foster an environment where authenticity strengthens our collective impact.


We champion equity. Equity is the equality of outcomes across different identities achieved through opportunity and access to information, resources, systems, and power, which yields a world where all members of society can reach their full potential. We seek to understand complex historical and social dynamics and take actions that recognize and account for injustice.


We pursue justice. Justice is fair and equitable access to power and ensuring systems are effective, accountable, and inclusive at all levels. It requires constant practice and ongoing commitment. We seek to recognize the history and lived experiences people carry with them and to address the impact of systemic historical injustices.