What Does DEI Mean in the Workplace?

The following is an excerpt from an article originally published on Built In. Our team curated this article and wanted to share. Catalina Colman, director of HR and inclusion at Built In, explains the meaning and importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.

This article includes:

  • What is Diversity?
  • What is Equity?
  • What is Inclusion?
  • HR’s Responsibility

Author: Kate Heinz

Diversity, equity and inclusion — commonly referred to as DEI — has taken center stage in the workplace. Employers must actively work to create meaningful change in spite of the history of injustice that has marginalized underrepresented groups within the workplace.

“We as employers need to make sure we’re including these individuals and that we’re giving them equity,” says Catalina Colman, Director of HR and Inclusion at Built In. “We need to make sure that, not only do they have a job, but they have the same ability to get promoted, to contribute and have the same impact — in the world and in the workplace — as their peers.”

DEI is vital to creating and maintaining a successful workplace; one founded on the principle that all people can thrive personally and professionally. Before you begin to reevaluate your efforts and implement new practices, it’s important that you fully understand each component, both individually and how they work together.

This article explains what diversity, equity and inclusion are and how each plays a role in creating a better workplace. Using insight from Colman, who has over 13 years of HR experience, it provides a foundational introduction to DEI today.

Click here to read the full article.

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