DEIJ is a popular term nowadays that not everyone is familiar with, so I’m going to break it down for you, so the next time it comes up you can join the conversation confidently and learn to put it into practice!
First let’s define each letter: D stands for diversity. Diversity is the variety and inclusion of people from various under-represented and minoritized backgrounds such as race, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability to name a few.
E stands for equity. Equity is the fair and impartial treatment of the aforementioned groups.
I stands for inclusivity. Inclusivity is providing equal access to opportunities and resources to the aforementioned groups.
J stands for justice. Justice is the act of removing barriers that prevent the aforementioned groups from participating equally and fairly.
Now let’s put DEIJ into practice using the example of decision making in a conference room. In this room, diversity means providing a seat for everyone one at the table and acknowledging the various differences they have. Equity means listening to everyone’s ideas. Inclusion is allowing everyone to have a voice in the decision making process. Justice means removing any barrier which is preventing someone’s participation.
If you have any suggestions or additions to these definitions, or another example of how to put them into practice, please leave them in the thread!