The Many Dimensions of DE&I
These initiatives encompass many layers that are sometimes overlooked
People’s perceptions about diversity, equity and inclusion are often centered on race, gender and sexual orientation, and for good reason: These are critical dimensions of identity, and they often get the most attention when people advocate for equality and inclusion.
But there are other elements of diversity that are important to consider, especially in the workplace.
In employee recruitment, for example, “there’s been a lot said over the years about interviewing individuals to see if they’re a cultural fit,” said Trevor Mitchell, CAE, executive director of American Mensa Ltd. and the Mensa Foundation and chair of ASAE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. “But what does that mean? Are we bringing some of our biases—unconscious or not—into saying, ‘We just need someone who fits in with us?’”
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