Create a learning environment in which people of all identities are included and welcomed with the power of language. The University of Pittsburgh's Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program provides guidelines and resources for using gender-inclusive/non-sexist language, which will strengthen academic writing and discussion, foster a respectful learning environment, and reflect professional best practices. In addition to an option syllabus statement, they provide background information and FAQs.
Similarly to how sexist language excludes women’s experiences, non-gender-inclusive language excludes the experiences of individuals who may not fit the gender binary and/or may not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Gender-inclusive/non-sexist language affirms the many ways people describe, express, and experience their gender.
For more information, visit http://www.gsws.pitt.edu/node/1432.
Also, consider registering for the Allies Network training to be held at Pitt Public Health March 13, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in 1149 Public Health to learn more about this topic. Additional gender and inclusivity trainings to be offered later this year.