According to Diversity Officer Magazine, republished from From Diversitypedia – www.dtui.com/wecandothis
The term historically excluded group or HEGÂ refers to any group of people that has been historically excluded from full rights, privileges and opportunities in a society or organization. There is a debate about the use of the term minority. Some scholars and diversity professionals argue that demographic changes raise questions about whether white Americans should still be considered the majority. Other scholars argue that the label continues to be useful because the power differential between white Americans and people of color remains.
The term HEG also offers language that helps organization leaders in categorizing groups based on the extent that members have been excluded in the past measuring that against the present state of affairs, as well as discussions about what constitutes inclusion.