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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are not dirty words



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.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Gibbon

    October 25, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    DEI and more recently, the distortion of “democracy,” stand for the causes Progressives’ want to ram down the public’s throat.

    Furthermore, its a free country…you may worship DEI as you wish…I already have a religion and am not at all interested in yours.

  2. Kevin

    October 26, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    These are dirty words if they are used as an excuse for ‘socially just’ discrimination and vilification!

    These are dirty words of they are used to paint a picture of society that just doesn’t exist!

    These are dirty words if they incite riots that lead to burning businesses, bullying and harassing people, preventing people from competing for jobs because of a perceived imbalance, skew out the education system, etc….

    They are dirty words because they enable the victim mentality!

  3. Kent Porter

    October 31, 2023 at 6:37 am

    We didn’t have these problems before JOE BIDENGOTTI GOT IN OFFICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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