Diversity and Inclusion

Having a seat at the table

At KYSHRM, we know that workplaces with diverse teams and inclusive and equitable practices create dynamic workspaces and new opportunities for employee engagement and satisfaction.

New to DEI? Scroll down to check out helpful definitions and articles from SHRM International. You can also find the latest recommendations for DEI best practices on SHRM’s DEI resources page.


Diversity has many definitions. Organizations frequently adapt the definition to their specific environment. Generally, diversity refers to the similarities and differences among individuals accounting for all aspects of their personality and individual identity. Some of the common dimensions of diversity are shown below, with a sampling of related content:



“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” —Vernā Myers

Diversity provides the potential for greater innovation and creativity. Inclusion is what enables organizations to realize the business benefits of this potential.

Inclusion describes the extent to which each person in an organization feels welcomed, respected, supported and valued as a team member. Inclusion is a two-way accountability; each person must grant and accept inclusion from others. In such an environment, every employee tends to feel more engaged and is more likely to contribute to the organization’s business results. This type of environment requires people from diverse backgrounds to communicate and work together, and to understand one another’s needs and perspectives—in other words, to demonstrate cultural competence. See Inclusion: Out of the Training Room and into Employees’ Hands and Want a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace? Work on Your Culture.


Equity in the workplace refers to fair treatment in access, opportunity and advancement for all individuals. Work in this area includes identifying and working to eliminate barriers to fair treatment for disadvantaged groups, from the team level through systemic changes in organizations and industries. Effecting change through an equity lens generally requires an understanding that the societal systems in which we currently work are not equitable and that those inequities are reflected in our organizations. 


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