Diversity, Equity, Inclusion PLUS Accessibility

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion PLUS Accessibility

PCMA Convening Leaders 2023 Convention


I know yesterday when we were at one of the sessions, they were talking about the "DEIB". Just the "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" has always been "DEI". And yesterday we're adding the letter "B" for "Belonging". I'd like to add another letter and that's "A" "Accessibility". And you could flip it around if you want. Instead of "DEIA", you could just say "IDEA", I-D-E-A. And so my thought is you look at diversity and you look at inclusion often not from the lens of an accessibility. And so putting the A in focuses a little bit more strongly on accessibility. The other thing I realized is on sustainability. There's been a lot of talk about sustainability. Think of it as social sustainability. That's what we're doing is social sustainability. So it's a part. That and accessibility go together. And so when they took out the carpeting, that was a sustainability issue and it's also an accessibility issue. So they go together as a unit. So hopefully you're having a fresh perspective and a new lens, to focus on accessibility as a part of the planning.