Language – the words we use to communicate our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and values—is at the heart of build trust and promoting shared understanding with others. When discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of this CoP, it is important to understand the power of language and to be mindful of how we communicate with others.
Because members of our community may come from many different cultures, countries, and lived experiences, it is even more important to recognize how language can facilitate understanding and respect-versus (unintentional) harm within our community.
Mindful attention to the language we use when discussing DEI topics affords treating others with respect and dignity. Understanding that language evolves because it is a social construct and embracing how groups choose new ways to self-identify are examples of allyship.
The resources below invite you to reflect on contemporary terminology regarding social identities—including gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality—as well as other concepts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to support that mindfulness.
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