DEI in the Decision Sciences: A Research Agenda for Scholarship, Practice & Service

Author: Michael Johnson, University of Massachusetts Boston

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) refer to strategies and processes that enable organizations to become more reflective of and responsive to identities, values and experiences of different stakeholder groups. Organizations committed to DEI may better achieve their own missions and improve the well-being of their stakeholder groups and of society at large. In this tutorial, I will explore the presence of DEI in the professional practice of OR/analytics, examine the role of DEI in OR/analytics scholarship, and present an agenda for the increased application of DEI principles in the OR/analytics profession. Given increased attention to social and racial justice, this work will demonstrate how OR/analytics can use DEI principles to enable our society become more equitable, more just, and more welcoming of people from diverse backgrounds, identities and communities.