DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion): Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a comprehensive approach adopted by organizations to create a more welcoming, fair, and representative work environment.
Diversity refers to the presence of differences within a given setting. This can include differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It's about respecting and appreciating what makes individuals different, in terms of personality, lifestyle, and background.
Equity involves ensuring everyone has access to the same opportunities. It recognizes that advantages and barriers exist and that, as a result, we don’t all start from the same place. Equity is a process that begins by acknowledging that unequal starting place and continues to correct and address the imbalance.
Inclusion is about fostering a sense of belonging by ensuring that everyone is actively invited to participate. It’s not just about presence but about actively involving every individual and making them feel valued and essential to the success of the organization.