Inclusive Language Guide

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A cross-departmental assembly of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) members has developed a guide for inclusive language, which can be used by businesses, universities and hospitals to educate staff and promote diversity.

Technology Overview

The Inclusive Language Guide is intended as a tool to help employers and employees learn about and use inclusive language in institutional communications, patient care (including chart notes), instruction and presentations around descriptors of:

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Immigration status
  • Gender and sexual orientation
  • Ability (including physical, mental and chronological attributes)

These materials contain a glossary, terms to avoid, and  best practices to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect.  The guide was developed from a survey of 272 OHSU members, personal experience, scholarly and journalist sources, and with community input. The Inclusive Language Guide is free to download here for non-commercial purposes, provided no modifications or derivatives are created.

Licensing Opportunity

The copyright materials are available for licensing for commercial use and/or generation of derivative materials.




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For Information, Contact:
Trina Voss
Senior Technology Development Manager
Oregon Health & Science University
Leslie Garcia
Erin Hoover Barnett
Rosemarie Hemmings
Ian Jaquiss
Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas
Amy Penkin
Phu Nguyen
Education & Training
Education & Training - Speech & Language
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