Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

When you hear the words Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) what comes to mind?

These are powerful words that can stir a range of emotions, responses, reactions … apathy, empathy, advocacy, unity, division, despair, bridge building … to name a few. As human beings we can be anywhere across the spectrum. This is why it is important for us to take a step back, breathe, and reflect. Then comes action. As individuals and as an organization it is important for us to be intentional.  

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) emphasis on Diversity. Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is about growing a culture of TRUST and RESPECT for members, AFC professionals, clients, and staff.  ALL!


  • can draw us to seek a greater good.  
  • can motivate us to grow out of our comfort zones.  
  • calls us to be “the better angels’ of our nature”.  (Abraham Lincoln)

In July 2021, as part of AFCPE’s commitment to DEI, The Carter Leadership Collaborative released a Report of Findings and Recommendations – AFCPE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives. One of the recommendations was to “Implement and encourage a continuous learning mindset.” To sustain DEI requires work, self-reflection, and expanding our worldview.  This is no less important today.  Probably more so.

In January 2024, as part of this ongoing emphasis, the AFCPE Staff and Board of Directors participated in a training called “Inclusion Intelligence”. The Tone or Critical Guiding Principles for our time together.  

  • No Blame
  • No Shame
  • No Guilt

We expanded our understanding of Intersectionality. “Intersectionality is a fact of life for each of us and we are all impacted by it”. A key takeaway from the session is the importance of LISTENING.

Have you heard the phrase? “God gave you two ears and one mouth. Use them in that order.” 

DEI is more than the flavor of the month. DEI is more than checking a box on a form. DEI is a lifelong journey of adaptive change. AND our DEI journey is best taken together.

Don smiling in front of a brick wallBlessings!

Don Fulton    

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