Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are terms that are often used together but they have distinct meanings. Diversity refers to the variety of people within a group or organization, including different races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, ages and abilities. Equity is the process of providing fairness in access to opportunities and resources regardless of an individual’s characteristics or identity. Inclusion is creating an environment where everyone feels respected and appreciated for their contributions regardless of any differences between them.
These three concepts can be seen as interconnected pieces that work together to create a more inclusive workplace culture that benefits both organizations and employees alike. Diversity reflects the varied experiences represented by individuals in a given setting; equity ensures fair treatment for all members; finally, inclusion creates an environment where everyone feels welcomed and valued for who they are and what they bring to the table without prejudice or bias based on their backgrounds or identities.