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Research and Resources

In addition to the institutional resources, local, state, and national opportunities may also be found here:

Inclusive Language Repository

"Words carry meaning and power."
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)

The ways in which we refer to individuals and groups of people can be evidence of respect—or they can convey disregard or scorn. Historic and systemic injustice toward some groups has created bias and prejudice that seeps into everyday language. Because language use is deeply ingrained, mirroring patterns and cultural norms learned from infancy, we may not always be conscious of the harm our words can inflict, especially if we belong to a group holding power.

We know that words matter.  The unparalleled ability that language has to either include or exclude individuals or communities (whether intentionally or unintentionally) has a profound affect in maintaining safe and welcoming environments.

At USC School of Medicine Greenville, we recognize language as a powerful tool and embrace our responsibility to provide inclusive spaces where all of our stakeholders feel they are supported and belong.  Consistent with our commitment to inclusive excellence, the Office of CASE is happy to provide several resources that centers best practices for incorporating inclusive language throughout our learning environments and campus community.

While the resources provided are great tools, it is important to note the ever-changing and dynamic nature of language-use.  As such, the resources provided are not a comprehensive or exhaustive list.  However, this repository will serve as a living resource and will be periodically updated according to current best practices.


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