What I think is missing in this conversation around inclusion, equality and equity is the ‘A’ word: ACCESS.
None of these things can be given, granted to acknowledged without access! This 6-letter word is powerful, and it is the world by which has allowed freedom and bondage; education and illiteracy; life and death. These things are no exaggeration–and are granted by access!
There cannot be progress, or progress, without access. This can come through information, resources, and networking–again, access!–which allow all the magic of progress and forward-moving for us as a society! Access is the skeleton key for all of these things.
Access is the defined as permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place or to approach or communicate with a person or thing (thanks Merriam-Webster!).
Without access, there can be no inclusion.
Without access, there can be no equity.
Without access, there can be no equality.
Access is the key to the house we all desire to live in–and makes the world a better place.