The order isn't Diversity--Inclusivity--Equity; instead, it is always equity first! Recruiting people of color is not equity work. Promoting inclusivity is not combating injustice. Creating an "Inclusive Excellence" team is not eradicating systemic oppression. In fact, "diversity and inclusivity" initiatives can be very hurtful to people who are marginalized. To actively recruit marginalized people to a place without creating and sustaining a just environment first, is to recruit people to work and learn in oppressive environments. Companies, organizations, and universities should only do diversity and inclusivity work once they have begun deep and on-going equity work.
Commit to equity work. Create and sustain anti-oppressive environments. Become a threat to inequity in your organization, school, or company. Develop Equity Literacy. Contact Amber!