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Inclusive Language Resources

Inclusive Language Resource Guide

The Guidelines for Inclusive Language, by the Linguistic Society of America, defines inclusive language as language that “acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities.” 

When trying to foster an inclusive campus culture, it is important to utilize language which validates and recognizes the different facets of our different identities. As inclusive language is ever-changing, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Office of Communications and Marketing, developed a resource guide for our community to refer back to when crafting correspondence with students, staff, and faculty, or from institutional accounts. For any questions, please email

Inclusive Language Resource Guide (PDF) (Last updated September 2020)

Additional diversity, equity and inclusion terms and definitions are available on James Wright’s The Language of Inclusion: Third Edition.