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RISE: Visualizing Equality vs. Equity

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Following this 40-minute activity from RISE, a PCA trusted resource, participants will have better definitions of equality and equity and an understanding of the process for using equality and equity to achieve fairness.

Though often used interchangeably, equality and equity are quite different. If fairness is the goal, equality and equity are two processes through which we can achieve it. Equality simply means everyone is treated the same exact way, regardless of need or any other individual difference. Equity, on the other hand, means everyone is provided with what they need to succeed. In an equality model, a coach gives all of his players the exact same shoes. In an equity model, the coach gives all of his players shoes that are their size.

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