INITIATIVES

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

DEI MISSION STATEMENT

Washington DECA embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion so that the diverse community we serve today can represent the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow.

WHAT IS DEI?

DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This idea is important as it allows everyone no matter their gender, race, or sexual orientation to feel included and welcome in all spaces!

In Washington DECA, our goal is to establish a fair and equitable playing field for all members across the state. We strive to have our initiatives make DECA a more welcoming space to ensure a safe learning environment that encourages growth.

PAST INITIATIVES

DEI Month Instagram Posts

For DEI Month Celebrations, we posted every month on our Instagram to honor a range of cultures, backgrounds and people

Anti-Bias Judging Techniques

We helped created an educational flier for judges, identifying what bias judging is and tips to judge fairly

DEI Panel

Panel provided on the importance of DEI in the workplace for hundreds of attendees at the Fall Leadership Conference in 2022 and 2023

DEI Exhibit Booth

Our team tabled during the Fall Leadership Conference, allowing members a chance to share their DECA experience, encouraging uniqueness and inclusion across all backgrounds.

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT DEI IN WASHINGTON DECA

  • Ask and do not assume race or gender, asking politely is best.
  • Invite everybody in your conversations and include others in conference activities.
  • Speaking up for members around you and being a role model against any discrimination. If you see anything disrespectful, please report to your advisor or a trusted adult.
  • Advocate for those around you and realize that everyone’s circumstances are different.
  • Help to make resources more accessible for everyone. Don’t be afraid to share your competition experience or learn from others.
  • Be willing to learn and be open-minded.

The 2023-2024 DEI TEAM

The Washington DECA DEI Taskforce is a student-led team that creates initiatives so that members of all cultures, backgrounds and identities can feel empowered to excel in DECA.

The next round of applications for the Washington DECA DEI Taskforce will open May 2024. Please check this page or the @washingtondeca Instagram for updates!

LEADERSHIP TEAM

WILLIAM CHANG

William Chang, Bellevue High School, Area 4, I joined the DEI team to because I wanted to play a role in ensuring that every member could be their best selves.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

ALEX PATTERSON

My name is Alex Patterson and I’m a senior at Roosevelt High School in Area 2. I joined the DEI Team to help make DECA as accessible as possible for all students across the state!

ANVI SEHGAL

Hi! I’m Anvi Sehgal and I’m a senior from Ferris High School in Area 11! DEI is such an important team to me to make sure every DECA member is on a level playing field and always feels like they belong in DECA!

ECHO HE

This will be my 2nd year doing DEI. As a first-gen immigrant, I value open-mindedness and making a inclusive, equitable space for people from diverse backgrounds where everyone can be respected and thrive.
I’m passionate about creating DEI within the DECA community because I want to raise awareness on the issues in the business world around DEI.

TANZIL HUSSAIN

Why i joined: i’m passionate about DECA and DEI because DECA provides endless opportunities to students and through DEI we can make sure those opportunities are reaching everyone!

Tanzil Hussain, Eastlake High School, Area 3

ZACH SONG

Hi! My name is Zach Song and I’m a senior at Olympia High School in Area 8! DEI is special to me because seeing others feel welcomed and appreciated makes me a more positive person.

LAYSHA ARAIZA

Hello! I’m Laysha Araiza, a senior from Grandview High School in Area 6. I joined DEI in hopes of representing and creating change for smaller DECA chapters in Washington!

PARI AIYER

My name is Pari and I attend Eastlake High School in Area 3. I joined the DEI team so that all members of WA Deca can feel welcome and have the resources they need to be successful.

SHYAM ARUMUGAM

My name is Shyam Arumugam, from Interlake High School, Area 4. I chose to join the DEI team after noticing the homogenous population at my own DECA chapter, and pondering how our DECA experience could be further enriched with a diverse array of members.

AVANI BANSAL

Avani Bansal is a junior at The Overlake School (Area 4) and is honored to serve on Washington DECA’s DEI team. She joined the DEI team to increase DEI awareness, make DECA more inclusive, and increase accessibility for more members so they can accelerate their careers!

TANVIR (VIA) BILLING

My name is Via Billing and I go to Hazen High School which is in Area 5. I decided to join the DEI team because I wanted to be part of the team that would foster positive change and help make all DECA members feel heard and valued.

LUIS MORALES CARRERA

Hi! Im Luis Morales Carrera, and I am a Senior from Hazen High School in area 5! DEI is important to me because although in DECA we cant ensure equality for everyone, we can work hard towards equity. So that every member has what they need so that they can define and achieve their Own success.

GAURI GUPTA

Interlake HS, Area 4
I joined the DEI team because I joined DECA last year and was instantly greeted with a kind, inclusive, and vibrant community of students, DECA leaders, parent volunteers, and event organizers. I was fortunate to attend ICDC in Orlando and felt supported by DECA’s inclusive and diverse culture, being able to make friendships with chapters across the nation. I hope to bring this same experience to DECA students throughout Washington and am excited for this year’s DEI initiatives.

MELINDA LE

Hi! I’m Melinda and I’m a junior from Olympia High School in Area 8. One of my favorite aspects of DECA is the positive and exciting social environment, and DEI plays an important role in ensuring that all Washington DECA members feel welcomed and uplifted!

PRAVEENA MAHENDRAN

Hi everyone! My name is Praveena Mahendran, a 3rd year Washington DECA member from Eastlake High School in Area 3. I joined DEI because I wanted to help make WA DECA accessible and inclusive for all students, so they can experience the same opportunities that made me into the person I am today!

MANYA PRADEEP NARAYAN

Hi! I’m Manya Pradeep Narayan and I’m a junior from Eastlake High School in Area 3. DEI in DECA is incredibly important to me as I believe everyone who wants to should be able to participate in Washington DECA’s community and opportunities. I’m very proud to be a part of this driven and ambitious team working to serve thousands of members across the state.

TARA NGUYEN

Name: Tara Nguyen
Grade: Senior
School: Renton High School, Area 5
As a first-generation and low-income student, I strive to consider everyone’s perspectives before making decisions, acquiring diverse experiences through communication. My aim is to build a community in Washington State that I can mentor, providing resources and practicing interpersonal skills with a diverse outlook.

CAITLIN PHAM

Hello! My name is Caitlin Pham, and I am a junior at West Valley High School in Area 10! Coming from a rural town in the middle of nowhere, I joined the DEI team to help bring awareness to and combat the financial burden that many members face in DECA.

ANANYA PRAKASH

My name is Ananya Prakash, and I’m a junior at Eastlake High School in Area 3! I joined the DEI team to work towards making WA DECA more equitable and accessible to students from diverse backgrounds.

HIMA POTHI REDDY

Hi my name is Hima Pothi reddy, I’m a Senior at Skyline highschool in Area 4. I joined the DEI team so I could help ensure equality for all our Washington competitors!

ANNIKA RENGANATHAN

Hello! My name is Annika Renganathan and I am a senior at Eastlake High School in Area 3. I joined the DEI team because I am passionate about bridging disparities and creating a more cultivating DECA environment for all members everywhere!

AUDREY TAN

​​Hello, everyone! My name is Audrey Tan and I’m currently a junior at Pullman High School in Area 11! As someone who lives in a rural area, I recognize the importance of equity and widespread resources which is a major reason why I am passionate about joining the Washington DECA DEI team!

KLAIRA ZHANG

hi guys 🙂 I’m Klaira from Inglemoor High School in Area 3. I’ve always wanted to join the DEI team because DEI is always one of my biggest priorities in any of my communities. I’m a firm believer that business is for everyone and I strive to make the field more accessible to a wider range of students through DECA.

STEIGER DODGE

Hello! My name is Steiger and am a senior at Roosevelt High School of Area 2. I am enjoying being a part of the DEI team to contribute to a community that means so much to me. Everyone should be able to access the awesome opportunities that DECA provides!

ANGELA DONG

Hi, my name is Angela, and I attend Eastlake High School in Area 3! I joined this team to work with students from across the state to create a more inclusive and equitable competitive environment.

NOT PICTURED:

Anisha Madivala, Sidhya Ganesh
Lujain Abushiwa, Avianca Bauer
Rylee Brown, Shannon Chang
Mridu Karanam, Megha Narra
Sabrina Neal, Aliana Pineda
Brittany Rios, Rohan Saraiya
Emily Shin, Tarun Tamilselvan
Madison Tran, Jacky Valdez
Rena Wang

PAST DEI PRESIDENTS

SUHANI NOG

Eastlake High School

2021-2022 Washington DECA
State President

ANIKA HALAPPANAVAR

Richland High School

2022-2023 Washington DECA
State President

SRISHTI MANGAL

Eastlake High School