Abstract

The paper discusses how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices have become the center of focus for a lot of companies during the last ten to twenty years. It explains why it is important to create a more diverse workforce and how a company can grow its successes by doing so. It explores why it is important for employees to feel included in their work environment. It shows how patients who feel understood and valued have better medical outcomes than those that feel neglected and undervalued. The paper outlines the best way to implement a successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion action plan. It shows how companies can ensure their employees feel included when it comes to gender, gender identity, disability, age, sexual orientation and economic class. Every angle of how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can influence the workplace is discussed. Statistics are be provided that show how important DEI is to everyday life and how the lack of DEI can be detrimental to aspects of life. It discusses how DEI can affect the medical field, both for employees, professionals and patients as well as in the area of academia, both for institutions and students.

Employees and students that feel safe, heard, included, considered and valued perform at the highest level which will result in new and innovative ideas, more productivity, better technology, a higher rate of loyalty, a greater rate of success and revenue for the company/institution. This paper shows that mastering the principles behind Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the best way for companies and institutions to establish a trustworthy presence and competitively recruit more qualified employees, students and medical professionals who feel understood and valued. The paper focuses on demonstrating the need for DEI by highlighting situations that have a lack of DEI and comparing results to proven, positive effects of DEI implementations in the academia, the workforce and the medical field.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2022

Senior Project Advisor

Mr. George Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Communications

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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