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Diversity Beyond the Checkbox-Inclusive Language Course

Good business relies on one thing- communication. We communicate to teach, to market, to inspire, and so much more. But what if in that communication, we are unknowingly offending our audience? What you may not realize is that a lot of everyday, commonplace phrases are rooted in discrimination, assumptions, and bias. By being intentional with our language, we can create environments where people feel valued and respected.

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Can I Still Use Sir and Ma’am? When Should I Use Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Mx? What to Do When You Don’t Know Someone’s Gender
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Say This, Not That: A Guide for Inclusive Language

Inclusive language…what does it mean? Inclusive language means finding ways to name, honor, and value experiences and identities. Increasing the inclusivity of our language means striving to understand the ways that language often unconsciously makes assumptions about people and unintentionally reinforces dominant norms around gender, sexual orientation, race, class, ability and disability, age, and more.

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Let’s Nix Latinx: Latine is the Word You Were Already Looking For

Over the last decade, ‘Latinx’ has become a blanket term of reference for all people of Latin American heritage. While many people have adopted this term with the positive intent of using more inclusive language, I’m here to give you a Cuban American perspective on why your organization should avoid using ‘Latinx’ almost entirely, and give a few suggestions for alternative ways of communicating the same thing.

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Donald Thompson: Word choice is a leadership competency – choose yours carefully

Learning the most respectful terms for other people’s identities and backgrounds can sometimes have an unintended effect. It can make you feel defensive, embarrassed or guilty for things you didn’t know before. What’s key is to not let yourself get stuck in those feelings, and instead, embrace the opportunity to model humility and a growth mindset.

Spirit Animal
Is ‘Spirit Animal’ Offensive? Here’s Why You Should Remove It From Your Vocabulary

The first time Chelsey Luger heard the phrase "spirit animal," it was 2012—around the time she noticed that non-Native Americans started appropriating Native culture by wearing headdresses to music festivals, buying dream-catcher earrings, and putting stylized tipis in the backyards of their beachfront bungalows. Luger had just started her master's degree program at Columbia Journalism School and, during class introductions, mentioned that she was from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. After class, a white male classmate approached...

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Can I Still Use Sir and Ma’am?

For years, the traditional business communication advice has been to use “Mr.” for a man and “Ms.” for a woman. However, now we know that those forms of address aren’t fully inclusive because they don’t include people outside the binary categories “man” or “woman.” Even the recent addition of “Mx.,” for someone who is nonbinary or genderfluid, doesn’t actually solve the problem, and for many people, it feels inauthentic and uncomfortable.

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