The Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Within DECA

October 3, 2021

DECA is an international organization comprised of nearly a quarter-million members from all walks of life. It is our job as leaders to welcome and celebrate the diversity within this organization and in all walks of light. In light of this, the 2021-2022 DECA Executive Officer Team recently released a statement detailing our stance regarding discrimination in all forms.

The full statement can be found below:

DECA Members,

We want to take the time to reiterate the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within this organization.

DECA Inc. is taking a bold stance to combat any racial injustices across the organization, implementing its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE+I) Taskforce and taking the necessary steps to ensure that all members feel welcomed and included.

We applaud the DECA Inc. Board of Directors, Mr. Peterson, as well as DECA Inc. for remaining steadfast in their stance against discrimination in all forms.

This Executive Officer Team will remain committed to celebrating the diversity within our DECA community as we provide insight to the DE+I Taskforce to accelerate the organization's mission to create a welcoming environment where all individuals have a sense of belonging.

Remember that the executive officer team will remain available and accessible throughout the year. O'Brian, Sriya, Sarah, Rajan and Marisol are committed to ensuring that all members feel that they can come to us with any concerns.

We are here for you today, tomorrow and always.

As One Community and #OneDECA, we will continue to pave the way towards a more inclusive future that respects diversity.


O'Brian Martin
DECA High School Division President

O’Brian Martin, from Orange County, Virginia, has had a passion for DECA since his sophomore year of high school. Throughout his DECA Journey, O’Brian has been able to see first-hand how DECA can transform the lives of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. He enjoys making valuable connections with the members he serves through DECA conferences and networking opportunities. Whether it is an in-person conference or virtual event, O’Brian enjoys connecting with DECA members on both a personal and professional level. He aims to partner with DECA members from around the world as they strive to Maximize Their Momentum, together!

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