Diversity vs. Equity vs. Inclusion

by | Apr 15, 2016 | Equity & Inclusion

Being diverse is only a fraction of what it takes to truly accomplish workplace excellence.  Over the last several years, the concept of workplace diversity has evolved to not only focus on creating a multifaceted environment, but also ensure that environment is as high functioning as possible.

 

To achieve this, it is important to focus diversity, but to also ensure an equal focus on equity and inclusion.  So, what are the main differences?

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Diversity

Diversity is all about the differences and similarities in how we work and live together in society.

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Equity

Equity is focused on fairness.  It includes an equal access to care, employment, development, and equal opportunity to succeed in these domains.

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Inclusion

Inclusion is respecting, valuing, and seeing people for who they are.  Inclusion is active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity.[/tw-column]

As our workforce and population continue to change, we all need to challenge ourselves ensure we are fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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