Diversity is defined as variations of characteristics in a group of people. There are certain characteristics that people are born with, like race, sex, and ethnicity. There is also diversity in terms of life experiences, education, socioeconomics, religious affiliation, disabilities, gender identity and veteran status. At Washington Health System, we believe that when we respect and appreciate each other’s unique human experiences, we can gain a different perspective and grow as people and an organization. Diversity fosters appreciation.