The 2024 DEI Outlook

DEI is at an inflection point

Social change often comes in bursts. Two steps forward, one step back, as the old adage goes.

DEI is social change—change that, sadly, takes time. For those growing impatient with the increasing polarization and political misrepresentation of DEI, 2024 will be more of the same. The U.S. presidential election is likely to further polarize and politicize DEI much as it did in 2020.

Dr. Martin Luther King famously said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

I remain cautiously optimistic about the future of DEI. It will happen. It needs to happen. Yet, change takes time.

A Look Back

Remember the summer of 2020? For DEI practitioners, it was like whiplash. Diversity work had plummeted during the pandemic but swiftly resurfaced following the murder of George Floyd. Statements of solidarity and financial donations soared. Yet it was a moment, not a movement.

As we end 2023, DEI is at an inflection point. There is a mixed bag of evidence showing continued slow support of DEI:

There are some silver linings for 2024.….

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