The Evolution of DEI Language

From the start of workplace diversity training in the mid-1960s to the addition of “equity” to corporate diversity policies after the murder of George Floyd by police, DEI language has gone through many changes. 

Maybe your company focuses on diversity and inclusion (D&I), diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIB) or diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). Whatever your language and acronym of choice are, there’s usually a reason for it and a particular order of focus.

According to Dr. Stephanie Creary, an assistant professor of management specializing in identity and diversity at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, companies add concepts to the lexicon because someone perceives that the previous concept did not include that piece. 

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