Say This, Not That: A DEI Style Guide to Inclusive Communications
Few topics are as critical and dynamic as the language we use to communicate inclusively with diverse groups.
Words matter. How organizations use language can deeply impact how we view race, gender, and cultures. Even so-called “neutral” language can demonstrate bias toward dominant groups. It takes conscious and continued effort to communicate in a way that is free of bias.
Using inclusive language is a great way to show, not just tell, your organizational values. This style guide provides tips and best practices to aid you in your journey to communicating more inclusively.
Here’s what you can expect:
- An overview of the communicator’s role in driving inclusive work environments
- Best practices for inclusive language
- Principles to keep in mind as you write inclusive employee communications
- Recommendations for what kinds of language you should (and shouldn’t!) use when discussing age, disability, gender, sex, & sexuality, race & ethnicity, and beyond