Why Words Matter
The Office of International Student Life, Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life, Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, and Office of Student Leadership and Service came together to raise awareness of the impact of language on people in our communities. Students, faculty, and staff across campus use words that can harm and alienate. This occurs in classrooms, residence halls, student organization meetings, and social settings. While the intent may not be to do harm to another person, the impact adds up.
Have you heard these statements?
“My computer is so ghetto.”
“She is a total bitch.”
“That party was so lame.”
“That class is so gay.”
“That guy is crazy.”
What do statements really say? How do they impact individuals and groups on campus? These words actually work against building a just and equitable campus environment and perpetuate violence against people of color, women, queer and transgender people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities. Think about what you say and how you say it because WORDS MATTER.If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you say | How you say it | Your word choice