Whenever I explore research in equity work, either by reading or by talking to experts, I hear all kinds of updates in DEI vocabulary.
And when I try to research the idea of language updates, I read all kinds of articles about the difficulty inherent in accurate naming, and sometimes even acknowledgement that striving for the right language is itself rooted in anxiety and perfectionism.
So there’s no easy way through this.
That said, I’ve learned some interesting things I think are worth distilling and sharing. Today let’s talk about them!
DEI vocabulary we discuss today:
This list is FAR from complete and I’d love to hear what’s on your mind, what language you’re using on your campus, and what DEI vocabulary you still have questions about. Drop me a comment below or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask your questions! I’ll share your wonderings and ideas in a future update.
Readings & resources
These 4 Phrases are Sabotaging Your DEI Efforts, Fast Company
Why We Should Stop Saying Underrepresented, Harvard Business Review
Andre K. Isaacs on undderrepresented
We Need to Retire the Term Microaggressions, Harvard Business Review
Race REALLY Matters, David Asai
Additional episodes you might like:
Episode 50: White Women’s Nonsense, with Renee Wells
Episode 47: White Women’s Work: An Invitation, with Jayne Sommers
The Uplift Podcast
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