We Need to Talk About the Impact of Societal Ills on DEI – TriplePundit – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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My view of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs has been shaped by exposure to many corporate offerings, as well as my personal history that includes lived experiences in the Civil Rights movement of the mid-to-late 1960s. In the time between then and now, I’ve become familiar with a plethora of government programs that provide funds for minorities for housing, education, healthcare and workforce training (to name a few).

It’s safe to say that these efforts were all well-intended, but none represented the gold standard. For example, despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, in 2020 women still only made 84 cents on the dollar compared to a man’s wages. And race is still the most common basis for discrimination in filings with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), rendering questionable the effectiveness of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In our continuing effort to “level the playing field


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