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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

What is Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion?

Multi-colored skin tone handsDiversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe programs and strategies that promote representation and participation of diverse groups and individuals. These sets of values each reference areas of significance for creating thriving environments in any setting. 

Diversity - all the ways that make individuals and groups unique including their race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio- economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion, age, disability status, and/or political affiliation.

Equity - the opportunities for individuals and groups to achieve their full potential with opportunities for engagement and success. This includes fair treatment, access, opportunity, and ability to advance for all people.

Inclusion  - guaranteeing an environment where all individuals are welcomed, treated fairly and respectfully, and have equal opportunities and resources to contribute fully.

Gensler Portland. (2019). Inclusion by design: Insights from design week Portland. Definitions from City of Portland, The Independent Sector, and UC Berkeley.

Guide Purpose

Within the body are millions of cells with extraordinarily diverse forms and functions. The contributions of each cell make the existence of the human being possible. They give and receive whatever is needed for their individual function as well as for the growth and welfare of the whole. Like the human body, we have collective and individual identities. Through diversity and cooperation humanity can also thrive.

By appreciating and understanding the unique identities of every individual it is hoped that healthcare as a whole can improve. The purpose of this guide is to provide resources related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the context of health care.

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