It is almost like they have become dirty words: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For some reason, our elected officials are criticizing efforts to prioritize ensuring all people are treated equally. In Wisconsin, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is blocking money from the Universities of Wisconsin System, to the tune of $32 million, unless they get rid of their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office. He is also blocking pay raises for UW System employees until the DEI office gets shuttered. In La Crosse County, a diversity coordinator has been hired to look at ways to make county government more inclusive. This too has been the target of ridicule and criticism. What is it about diversity, equity and inclusion people don’t like? It isn’t clear. But the concepts don’t seem that controversial. Equity means ensuring a workforce is well represented by people of different genders, different ages, ethnicities and physical disabilities. Equity refers to fair treatment of all people. Inclusion means embracing all employees and enabling them to make meaningful contributions. No matter how much our politicians may hate DEI, most companies have embraced it, and find it helps them be successful. Now our politicians need to better embrace DEI, because whether they like it or not, it is here to stay.