There is no one way to do DEAI.
DEAI doesn't have to happen all at once, alone, or right away. It is an ongoing process and mentality. Initiatives will look differently for every business, organization, and destination, but the spirit of learning and reflection always remains the same.
Intent is not enough: taking action and leaning into the discomfort are what stimulate meaningful change. DEAI should integrated into everything you do.
Sort Your Ideas by Quick Wins to Long-Term Goals
Beginning your DEAI journey starts with the simple step of soliciting ideas. Sort those ideas by ease, and implement the "quick hits" while you plan for long-term goals. This helps foster the DEAI mentality in the long run while staying dedicated to making change now.
If You Integrate DEAI, Tourists Will Come!
Tourists with disabilities and diverse backgrounds and identities are eager to explore, travel, and spend their money at your destination. Don't leave them out of your workforce development initiatives, marketing efforts, and community discussions.
The DEI Committee wants to hear your DEI or DEAI story! Share your Case Study to highlight your work on our website possibly at a future NYSTIA event or webinar.