“Progress, not perfection.” That’s a big takeaway from a recent article in Fast Company about using inclusive language in the workplace. Here are a few guidelines to be more inclusive in your language choices:
• Put people first. For example, say, “a person experiencing homelessness,” not “a homeless person.”
• Use genderless language. For example, say, “everyone” instead of “you guys.”
• Ask if you are not sure. If you see a name that is hard to pronounce, ask a person in the know to help you pronounce it correctly.
AP Style also has great recommendations for writing about diversity, equity and inclusion.
– Ashleigh Ebert, The Alaska 100