Presented by Greg DeShields, Tourism Diversity Matters
Sponsored by RMI Marketing
Location: Bloomington Room
The importance of language is even more critical when navigating sensitive topics, including those involving race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Inclusive language gives a more accurate view of the real world by reflecting social diversity rather than perpetuating stereotypes. It avoids making false assumptions about (or stereotyping) people based on their age, cultural background, disability, gender, Indigenous background or sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Inclusive language is the daily practice of intentional and unbiased word selection that acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, and promotes equitable opportunities. Inclusive language seeks to honor the diverse identities of every person, making them feel valued and inviting them to be part of the conversation.
Intentional, inclusive language requires us to repeatedly examine our unconscious biases and linguistic customs. It calls for education, mindfulness, and practice to avoid reinforcing harmful language habits and assumptions.