Increase Your Awareness
You must start by acknowledging there is a problem by understanding the history and impact of language. This in itself is an important part of creating an equitable and just campus. You need to check yourself. How often are YOU using terms like ghetto, crazy, lame, or bitch? You should also check the environment around you. How often do you hear these terms used on TV, in the movies, in the classroom, and around campus? Awareness is the first step!
Once you are aware, what do you do? Here are a few strategies for interrupting and educating.
What you say | How you say it | Your word choice