Explore the CBI Glossary of Terms


Someone’s ability to take advantage of a given resource.


Subsequent events stemming from the same fault lines which triggered a past earthquake.


Something that prevents access for a person or group of people.


Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another. Can be conscious or unconscious.


A talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.


The ability of someone to do something that frightens or intimidates them.


A discussion between two or more people or groups, especially one directed toward exploration of a particular subject or resolution of a problem.


A measure of the variety of people and perspectives within a given population. Diversity measures representation.


An event which occurs broadly across a community and exposes the fault lines which triggered it.


Same treatment of all people, without consideration of specific circumstances.


Fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all people, and includes an effort to eliminate barriers which have prevented the full participation of some groups. Equity measures outcomes.

Fault Lines

Historical inequities and divisions, providing an unstable foundation for building an equitable and just community.


A measure of which of those people are able and supported to fully participate. Inclusion measures participation.

Individual Racism

The mistreatment of a person or group of people by an individual, based on the racialized disparity in power.


The ability of someone to use hard or soft power to impact outcomes.


Facts, or information acquired by a person through experience or education.


A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.


A socially constructed system of categorizing humans largely based on observable physical features (phenotypes) such as skin color and on ancestry.


An ability or expertise.

Sphere of Influence

The things an individual can impact based on their particular set of circumstances.

Step Up

The choice a person makes to use their influence to make change.

Structural Racism

The cumulative impact of racialized disparities in power over time.

Systemic Racism

The cumulative impact of often unintended disparities within a given system (ie. the judicial system, a corporation, a nonprofit organization).

What’s In the Ground

History or context which provides the bedrock for contemporary events. We ask “What’s in the ground?” to explore personal, organizational, and community history.

Who’s In the Room

The makeup of a group of people, which determines the conversations, decisions, etc. which occur.


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