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Inclusive Language

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  • They is the preferred pronoun to s/he.
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech uses the abbreviation LGBTQIA* when referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally students.
  • Minority is the preferred term to BIPOC (pronounced buy-pock—stands for Black, Indigenous, and people of color). Although BIPOC is seen by some as more inclusive (it highlights the experiences of Black and Indigenous people), others see it as less inclusive (it minimizes the experiences of everyone else). Avoid using BIPOC outside direct quotations—and if used in quotation, explain it.

  • Be mindful of your audience and write with inclusive, culturally sensitive language. Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers resources and training.