LGBTQ+Queer Leadership AcceleratorSmith Pride Alliance

Using Gender Inclusive Language

Language shapes the way we understand ourselves, our world, and our relationships. The words we use can create a sense of belonging, but they can also be exclusionary without our realizing it, particularly when they touch on elements of our unique identities such as gender, race and ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and more. In this course, instructor Lori Nishiura Mackenzie shows you how to create and hold space for others by using gender-inclusive language at work.

Learn about the importance of inclusive language and how it relates to workplace culture and belonging. Lori walks you through core concepts related to gender, gendered language, binary and nonbinary associations, hierarchies, and archetypes. She demonstrates practical ways to help others feel welcome by you. By the end of this course, you’ll be equipped with new strategies to incorporate gender-inclusive language into your daily practices at work to foster a sense of belonging for yourself and others around you.

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