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Words Can Shape the World: How Inclusive Language Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A talk by Kiana Minkie
Marketing Content Specialist, Acrolinx GmbH

27 September 2021, 03:30 PM

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About this talk

We'll briefly dive into:

1) A definition of inclusive language that you may already know.

2) An expanded definition that goes beyond a list of what not to say/what to say instead.

3) How inclusive language connects to the broader DEI context.

4) Why inclusive language is challenging, and how to address resistance.

5) Concepts of inclusive language adapted from language philosophy/methods.

6) Principles of inclusive language.

7) The role of technology in assisting DEI efforts.

8) An introduction to the Acrolinx Inclusive Language feature.

Session Takeaways

  1. That inclusive language is important but should be part of a larger commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  2. That inclusive language is more than just a list of things you can't say/what to say instead.
  3. Some strategies to approach inclusive language with enthusiasm, patience, and how to handle mistakes.

Facts Related To This Presentation

  1. ""Over 70% of students shared with us that they prefer a company that is diverse, inclusive, and makes them feel included “ - Handshake (Company)
  2. A recent YouGov survey reported that 65% of UK participants have had to hide their trans status at work. 43% said they quit because their workplace was unwelcoming of trans people.
  3. Discrimination costs America $64 billion, according to the Centre of American Progress.

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