Young: equality doesn't equal equity

June 9, 2021

People often use the terms "equity" and "equality" interchangeably. But, according to Alford Young, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Sociology and a professor of African and African American Studies and Ford school courtesy faculty, they shouldn't.

"I think what's driving the focus on equity is this now long-standing realization that there are such differences in certain social outcomes that require different means of address, or that the different populations need different things," Young said.