|Diversity, inclusion, equity and equality; these terms are often used interchangeably, especially in the tech world, but they are not the same.|
Contrary to how it's often spoke about:
Diversity does not equate to inclusion
Diversity is not the same as equality
Diversity does not imply equity
Diversity is also not an old wooden ship
Diversity is about representation and the mix of voices and faces that we see
Inclusion is about the behaviors, actions and intent used to embrace these different voices and faces.
Equality aims to promote fairness by making sure everyone in the mix has the same things available to them.
Equity is about giving each individual what they themselves need to be successful. Which may be different for each person depending on their particular circumstance.
You can have a diverse workplace without having an intention of inclusion or equality and without the quality of being fair and impartial. You can be diverse simply by meeting a quota of under represented or minority groups mixed in with the majority, but being inclusive means that you are tolerant and accepting of the other; their beliefs, opinions and values, it means cultivating an environment that not only allows these groups to enter the field by giving them the tools and resources they need to succeed, but also by creating a workplace environment that makes them want to stay and thrive by treating them fairly based on a holistic view of their skills and their merit and what they can contribute.