Using Inclusive Language

I vow to be actively anti-racist.

Part of fulfilling this very personal vow relates to the language I use. Ensuring that others perceive my words and writing as inclusive is an important step. I am delighted that on Friday, July 9 I will have an opportunity to learn more about inclusive language from Grant Yocom. The webinar is being made available to members of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, and though free to register for members, is also available to anyone who wishes to join. Register here.

CALL/ACBD Webinar: Inclusive Language
Friday, July 9, 2021
2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

CALL/ACBD is thrilled to offer this webinar complimentary to members. Take advantage of this member benefit and join the discussion.

Language has power. It not only describes realities, but language also produces and perpetuates them. This workshop on the use of inclusive language introduces guidelines for using language in ways that do not exclude individuals or groups, does not perpetuate discrimination or stereotypes, and strives for equity. By using inclusive language, we prioritize respect and equity, while embracing the diversity of communities. This workshop is grounded in the several guiding principles: Respect for individuals’ and groups’ language preferences, recognition that terms that may be appropriate for members of a group may be inappropriate when used by non-members, remembering the diversity of experiences within groups, and the willingness to relearn. Since language constantly changes, we must be open to learning new inclusive standards. This workshop will offer tips and discuss inclusivity standards for both academic writing and in face-to-face interactions.

Grant Yocom (he/him) holds an Honours BA in Philosophy (Windsor), an MA in Philosophy (Brock), and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities (Brock). He is an active member of several editorial collectives for scholarly journals in Philosophy and the Social Sciences and served as a member of the executive committee for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, an interdisciplinary society that meets yearly at Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Over the past twenty years, Grant has held teaching and teaching support positions for writing intensive courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences at six different campuses in Canada and the United States. He joined the Writing Support Desk at the University of Windsor in 2019.

Webinar Costs:
Member: Free
Non-Member: $20.00 plus tax

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