Self Identification Definitions

Gender Identification

Man, male or masculine – a cisgender man/male whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex. 

Woman, female or feminine – a cisgender woman/female whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.

Transgender man, male, or masculine – a person who was assigned female at birth, but identifies and expresses their gender as male.

Transgender woman, female or feminine – a person who was assigned male at birth, but identifies and expresses their gender as female.

Non-binary (e.g. bigender, gender non-conforming, androgynous) – a person who identifies and expresses a gender identity that is neither exclusively male or female or is in between or beyond both genders.

Race & Ethnicity Identification

Black or African American – A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

Hispanic or Latino – A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

Central Asian – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. 

East Asian – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and Macau.

Middle Eastern (Western Asia / North African) – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. It also includes the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.

South Asian A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. 

South-East Asian – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Brunei, Cambodia, Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Native American or Alaskan Native – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.

White – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe or North Africa.

Two or More Races – All persons who identify with more than one of the above five races.

Veteran Status

As a government contractor subject to Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A “disabled veteran” is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran’s discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

Identification of Disability - How do I know if I have a disability?

To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. 

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

Blindness

Deafness

Cancer

Diabetes

Epilepsy

Autism

Cerebral palsy

HIV/AIDS

Schizophrenia

Muscular dystrophy

Bipolar disorder

Major depression

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Missing limbs or partially missing limbs

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair

Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation)