Simple yet complex, diversity is, “otherness.” It is a range of human differences inclusive of but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability or attributes, national origin, and social class.
Let’s be honest, being equal and fair is not always straightforward. There are times when people need different treatment to make their opportunities the same as another’s. This is called equity. Equity can also be described as freedom from bias or favoritism.
Inclusion is ongoing, blind kindness. It is the achievement of an environment where people who might otherwise feel excluded or marginalized are treated fairly, respectfully, and have equal access to opportunities and resources.
Teams that place an importance on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are more likely to constantly reexamine facts and remain objective. They also encourage greater scrutiny of each member’s actions, keeping their joint cognitive resources sharp and vigilant. Unlike workplaces with teams of people with similar backgrounds, diverse teams bring diverse solutions to the table. This tapestry of ideas leads to more informed decision-making, improved results, and faster problem solving.