DECA is preparing emerging
leaders and entrepreneurs to be
college and career ready

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

In light of the ongoing violence and discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, DECA Inc. reaffirms its commitment to continue to stand against racism, hate and bigotry of any kind. Any behavior in the form of discrimination, harassment or bullying will not be tolerated and it is the responsibility of all members to uphold this standard. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are central to achieving DECA Inc.’s mission. Preparing the next generation to be professionally responsible, community oriented and experienced leaders is not possible without addressing the importance of DE&I in our organization and our communities.

We are committed to ensuring equitable access to education and nurturing a diverse community. Throughout the past year, DECA Inc. has taken important steps to ensure DE&I are an integral part of how our organization operates. As part of this effort DECA Inc., in collaboration with the Board of Directors, has developed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce led by a prominent diversity educator, qualitative researcher and consultant.

We look forward to launching an equity audit in the coming weeks which will help us analyze areas for improvement and develop strategies to create a stronger and more inclusive organization.

DECA Inc. stands against racism in all forms. As community oriented and professionally responsible leaders, we celebrate diversity and inclusion and embrace our role in shaping a better future. We stand in solidarity with the Black communities – our members, alumni, partners and employees – in the fight against systemic racism and injustice.

DECA Inc. is committed to creating and maintaining a healthy and respectful environment for all of our emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. Our philosophy is to ensure all members, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status are treated equally and respectfully. Any behavior in the form of discrimination, harassment, or bullying will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of all members to uphold and contribute to this climate.

DECA Members Gain 21st Century Skills

Through participation in DECA activities, 96% DECA members say they learned how to communicate thoughts and ideas, how to organize a presentation and more about what businesses expect from employees while gaining problem-solving skills.


DECA Members are Prepared to Become Leaders

More than 88% of DECA members say their experience empowered them to be an effective leader and connected school to the real world. Nearly 78% of DECA members say DECA helped them recognize the benefit of community service.


DECA Members are Motivated for the Future

DECA members say their experience prepared them academically for college and career (87%), influenced their college plans (64%), influenced their career plans (69%) and influenced their interest in entrepreneurship and owning a business (61%).