The concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) have become increasingly important in today’s society. As we continue to work towards creating a more equitable and inclusive world, it’s crucial that we understand each concept and that our company establishes a process to promote them both within the workplace and in the community at large. Let’s dive deep into DEIB.
What is DEIB?
The four concepts that make up DEIB go hand-in-hand, together promoting a more equitable and inclusive society.
- Diversity: the variety of human differences, including race, gender, age, physical ability, ethnicity, and more.
- Equity: the act of treating everyone fairly and providing equal opportunities, regardless of differences.
- Inclusion: creating a warm, welcoming, respectful environment where all feel valued and supported despite their differences.
- Belonging: feeling like you are valued, supported, accepted, and respected for who you are
Elevo’s DEIB Efforts
So, how does Elevo foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our work environment and the community at large? Here is a snapshot of our continuing efforts.
Attending Relevant Community Events
Building Out a DEIB Team
We are also in the process of building a team to oversee our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives. As of this post, we have a dedicated team member whose role is primarily focused on our partnerships with advisors, collecting data and measuring how the diversity of our full-time staff has grown, and creating opportunities for our staff to broaden their DEIB horizons.
Partnering with Advisors
Taking Internal Action
We’re committed to educating our internal team on important cultural days and awareness months. We also provide them with resources to engage both on a personal level and a community-wide level if they are able. From Pride Month and Mental Health Awareness Month to Ramadan and Black History Month, we recognize the importance of acknowledgment and open discussion.
DEIB provides us with a powerful framework that allows everyone to feel valued, heard, and supported. By committing to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, we can create an equitable, inclusive workplace and better serve the districts we partner with. Our goal is to be able to build and maintain safe spaces for all to reach their full potential.