35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023


Language Matters: Inclusive Language at the Workplace

90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S5-A
When: April 7, 2022
Level: Introductory
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Dr. Nandini Murali, Avtar Group  |  Anju Rakesh, Avtar Group


Language is extremely powerful. It can reinforce harmful stereotypes. Using inclusive language purposefully and consciously is an art and craft. Having conversations devoid of discriminatory language implies being honest and willing to look at ourselves in the glare of a 1,000-watt lamp. It involves confronting and challenging hardened habits and biases that we don’t always recognize we carry within us. It implies starting with oneself—being the change one wants to see—that radiates outward in ever widening circles like ripples in a still lake when a pebble is thrown into it. The ability to do so can also be humbling, deeply meaningful, and enriching.

This session will explore the ways language can be a powerful tool to enhance and nurture a culture of inclusiveness in an increasingly diverse workspace. Inclusive language is a driver of diversity, equity, and inclusion and enables everyone in the organization feel valued and respected and able to contribute their talents to drive organizational performance.

Learning Outcomes

• Acquire an understanding of the characteristics of inclusive language and its importance at work
• Understand the differences between inclusive and exclusive language and the role of bias in exclusion
• Develop language skills and strategies that reflect an insightful understanding of inclusive language

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®
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Minneapolis, MN 55454
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