The Diversity in Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) includes all of the differences among people and the characteristics that make one group different from another group of people. The list is extensive but some examples are socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. With a more diverse workforce, powerful ideas will grow due to collaboration of different minds.
Equity is ensuring fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and access to these opportunities. The goal of equity is to allow everyone to have barriers removed so participation is available to groups that do not have full access. People must be aware of barriers and understand what causes the disparities.
Inclusion involves building a culture that actively invites everyone to participate and contribute. The differences within the group are embraced and a supportive environment where people collaborate is fostered.
Programs like the Manifezt Foundation are integral to providing an entry for children to close the gap in disparities plaguing STEM and many other fields that are lacking diversity equity and inclusion. The work needs to start earlier rather than later. Answers to scientific problems can come from anywhere and anyone but we will never know unless we work to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.