Presenter: Keisha Jones, Director of Equity, NC Student Success Center, NC Community College System Office and Interim Dean, Enrollment, Engagement & Completion and Title IX Coordinator, Davidson-Davie Community College
Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace have always mattered, but recently, many of us have recognized the opportunity for change now. This change for many of us is no longer an option but has become essential. To understand DEI, one must first understand the meaning and significance of all three variables; diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each component is necessary to drive real change at an individual and organizational level. DEI is for everyone and must involve employees at every level of an organization, regardless of their differences. The implementation of equity must be intentional and well-designed. Leaders must thoroughly examine policies, procedures, and environments to determine if things are truly equitable. In this session, I will discuss the importance of integrating equity in all the things we do as we do it and not after we do it. Putting equity at the heart of what you are doing could potentially have greater benefits than the thing you are doing.