Do You Know What DEI Actually Is?

So many people don’t understand what DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) really means, and that has led to some misconceptions about its relevance.

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Something close to an obituary for DEI — diversity, equity, inclusion — appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 21, titled, “Diversity Goals Are Disappearing From Companies’ Annual Reports: Dozens of firms change what and how they report diversity initiatives; deleting the word ‘diverse’ or cutting whole sections.”

I have a confession to make. While, like most people, I’ve heard lots of bad stuff about DEI, I could not really explain what it is or how it is supposed to benefit our society. And I’m not alone. In fact, before writing this story, I phoned several lawyer friends and asked them to describe what DEI is.

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."