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The Do-It-Yourself Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DIY DEI) Toolkit

DEIThe Leadership Steamboat 2020 class’ capstone is The Do-It-Yourself Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit: Routt County, Colorado.  The DIY DEI is a toolkit of strategies that our community can pick up and employ in their own life. To create the toolkit, the team investigated and evaluated the DEI issues most prevalent in our community through interviews with stakeholder groups, a review of local demographics, and research about how communities around the nation are addressing these issues. The result of their effort is a toolkit that attempts to outline relatively simple strategies that local community members, businesses, governmental entities, and nonprofits can pursue to be more aware of and actively work towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

The toolkit outlines ten ways to incorporate DEI principles and practices into one’s personal and professional life and thus, the overall community.

10 Ways to DIY DEI:

COLLABORATE 

When making business/community/organization decisions invite and explore a diversity of perspectives (internal and external) by including diverse stakeholders. 

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Understand

Be thoughtful about how diversity might be underrepresented in your workplace/social circle/community and assess your own privilege and bias.

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Learn

Take the time to learn about inclusive language, why it’s important, and how to use it.

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REFLECT 

Use imagery and language in marketing and promotional materials that reflect and consider people of different gender identities, nationalities, socioeconomic status, education, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, language, learning styles, (dis)abilities, ages, or political perspectives.

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REACH OUT 

Expand your network and seek out opportunities to engage with people outside of your typical social/professional circles.

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Communicate

Customize your communication style to ensure all audiences are served and reached.

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EMPOWER 

Support employees/colleagues/friends of different backgrounds in their efforts to be more engaged in decision making and encourage friends and colleagues in decision-making roles to do the same

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Include

Plan meetings and outings that are inclusive of different life stages and cultures, e.g. be mindful about childcare, social gatherings that don’t include alcohol, etc.

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RESPECT

Respect and create “safe spaces” for people of color, LGBTQIA, (dis)abilities and neurodiversity to be with others who share their identity and unique challenges.

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Amplify

The work of diversity, equity, and inclusion is fruitless when individuals who are part of the dominant culture refuse to cede power and space to marginalized people. Step aside so others can step forward.

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