It’s become more important than ever for organizations to support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) challenges and initiatives in the workplace.
That’s why this year, we established the 3D InCites DEI Fund, through the Impress Foundation, to support technology start-ups owned by women and/or underrepresented minorities. Donations to the fund commenced with the 2021 3D InCites Awards mural project.
Thanks to the generosity of our Platinum Sponsors, EV Group, KLA, and ASE Group; Silver Sponsor, YES; and Gold Sponsors, Veeco, and CyberOptics; as well as all the mural donors, we were able to seed our DEI Fund with $20,000.
Our goal is to grow that amount to $100,000, after which we will begin funding grants for start-up technology companies owned by women and/or underrepresented minorities.
We plan to continue ongoing fundraising efforts and bring attention to the DEI conversation throughout the year. In doing so, we have established our “Donors Page,” where each $150 donor will get their logo and website link on this page, and those donating over $250 will also receive a keepsake puzzle featuring this year’s artwork.
Diversity: Includes but is not limited to race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, genetic information, and learning styles.
Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.
Inclusion: Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.