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Inclusive Language Workshop
Transcript of Inclusive Language Workshop
One thing you value
“Arao & Clemens (2013) argue that authentic learning about social justice often requires the very qualities of risk, difficulty, and controversy that are defined as incompatible with safety” (p. 139).
1. Brave space primer
2. What is inclusive language?
3. Spectrum Activity
4. Why is this important?
5. Worksheet examples
6. General Do’s and Dont’s
7. Moving Forward!
What is inclusive language?
Inclusive language is the language that is free from words, phrases or tones that reflect prejudiced, stereotyped or discriminatory views of particular people or groups.
Avoidance, Exclusion, Rejection, and Worse
Whether we look at people when we talk with them
Whether we smile at people when they come into the room
Whether we listen and respond to what people say
Whether we acknowledge that diversity exists
Why is inclusive language important?
Promotes dialogue and a comfortable environment
Makes people feel important
It can foster or encourage learning
It avoids false assumptions about people and helps to promote respectful relationships/interactions
The purpose of this activity is to be vulnerable with each other in your current understanding and current practice of using inclusive language.
- Listen to statements being read aloud and move towards sign as you shall feel (Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree)
Inclusive Language Workshop
"The avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against"
Guante: A Visit From the PC Police
The worksheet has examples of non-inclusive language
Divide into small groups based on side A or side B
Work together to determine all of the possible interpretations for each line
Do's & Don'ts
Attack the problematic behavior
Make them feel like bad people
Reflect their behavior back
Kindly point out their behavior
Provide a correction for the future
Reinforce positive behavior!
“Her hair is always short, she must be a lesbian”
“Hey you guys, let’s go!”
“My coworker is so thin, she is anorexic”
“He’s just not normal is he?”
“There are loads of disabled people at that event”
“Of course she was late, black people are never on time”
Step Out of YOUR 'comfort zone'!
Who wants to volunteer for the first scenario?
How will you integrate inclusive language into your life?
Arao, B., & Clemens, K. (2013). From safe spaces to brave spaces: A new way to frame dialogue around diversity and social justice.
Guante. [Line Break Media]. (2013, July 28). A visit from the pc police [Video file]. Retrieved from
What the heck are those?!
Take ownership of your language and behaviors
Understand your truth might not be the absolute Truth
Believe other people’s stories and experiences
You can always work on being more inclusive
Really listen - don't talk over others
Take risks, lean into the discomfort
Speak from personal experience: use "I" statements
Be fully present
Respect we are all at different places
Consider how and why you've gotten where you are today
Be aware that everyone has a story that is important