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Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Policy

"It is critical to enact policies and laws deeply rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion to dismantle systemic barriers."
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Published: February 5, 2024

"Diversity," "Equity," and "Inclusion" are not bad or evil words; they are essential principles that foster a more inclusive and just society.

Embracing diversity does not mean promoting division or favoritism; it involves recognizing and celebrating the unique experiences, perspectives, and contributions that individuals from diverse backgrounds bring to the table. Inclusion is crucial for creating environments where every person feels valued, supported, welcomed, and respected, ensuring that opportunities, resources, and experiences are accessible to all, regardless of their background. Equity acknowledges that not everyone has the same access to resources and opportunities, aiming to provide individuals with the necessary resources, accommodations, and support to succeed. Simply put, we are stronger together than divided, and it is imperative that we offer an education that is not "one size fits all" so we can all celebrate our differences.

I would not be an educator if it weren't for DEI organizations and policies.

My family immigrated to the United States from Mexico and Honduras. I am immensely grateful for their sacrifices and hardships and recognize that their struggles differ from others, as they were not afforded the same opportunities I have received. DEI organizations helped bridge the gap to higher education, regardless of my family's background. I am forever grateful to the programs and organizations that made college seem attainable. Thanks to DEI initiatives, I am a first-generation college graduate. Organizations and institutions that foster equitable policies demonstrate our potential and our dreams are within reach. I chose to become an educator to provide students with a safe and equitable education and to show students from diverse backgrounds with various challenges that they, too, can pursue their dreams.

It is critical to enact policies and laws deeply rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion to dismantle systemic barriers. In the early weeks of the 2024 Utah Legislative Session, HB261 was passed by the House and Senate and signed by Governor Spencer Cox. However, HB261: Equal Opportunity Initiatives does the opposite of what its title suggests. I hope that Utah legislators will vote in a way that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. Policies supporting these principles are vital for ensuring accessible, safe, and equitable education for ALL.


Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 18,000 members across the state, UEA supports equal opportunities for success for ALL Utah students, and respect and support for all educators.