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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Terminology

The words we use in our everyday conversations have a powerful impact on our communication. The right words can help open people’s hearts and minds, while others can create distance or confusion. Many people refrain from talking about the topics of diversity or inclusion because their understanding is still developing, or because they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing.

The selected definitions below were written to help give people a shared language at RCC to help make conversations easier and more comfortable. We recognize that this is not an exhaustive list, but it can begin to provide some language for articulating various experiences on campus.

This list is always a work in progress, so please be sure to check back often.

Terminology

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Ableism

Accessibility

Acculturation

Ageism

Agender

Agnostic vs Atheist

Ally

Androgynous

Asexual

Asexuality

Assigned Sex

Bias

Bigotry

Cisgender

Classism

Code switching

Color Blind

Conscious Bias (Explicit Bias)

Cultural Appropriation

D.A.C.A and Dreamers

Drag Queen / King

Disability

Discrimination

Dominant Culture

Diversity

Ethnicity

Equality

Equity

Feminism

First Nation People

Fundamental Attribution Error

Gender

Gender Bending

Gender Expression

Gender Identity

Gender Roles

Gender Expression

Gender Identity

Hate Crime

Hermaphrodite

Homosexual

Impostor Syndrome

Inclusion

In-Group Bias

Institutional Racism

Internalized Racism

Intersectionality

Intersex

LGBTQIAA

Look-ism

Marginalized

Marginalized and Dominant Groups

Mental Health

Mental Illness

Microaggressions

Misgendering

Misogyny

Model Minority

National Origin

Neurodiversity

“Non-Racist”

Oppression

Panethnicity

Pan-Sexual

Passing

POC

Power

Prejudice

Privilege

Privileged Group Member

Queer

Questioning

Race

Racial Stereotype

Racism

Re-Fencing

Scapegoating

Sexism

“Reverse Racism”

Sexual Orientation

Social Justice

Tolerance

Tokenism 

Transgender

Transphobia

Unconscious Bias

Undocumented Student

Veteran Status

Whiteness

White Fragility

White Privilege

White Supremacy

Xenophobia

Xenocentrism

Sources Consulted

Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castañeda, C., Hackman, H. W., Peters, M. L., & Zúñiga, X. (Eds.). (2010). Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Second Edition ed., pp. 424-534). New York, NY: Routledge.

Center For Disease Control & Prevention: Disability and Health Overview. (2020, September 16). Retrieved December 16, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability.html

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (n.d.) Media Reference Guide - Terms To Avoid. Retrieved from https://www.glaad.org/reference/offensive

Henry, S. L., Abou-Zahra, S., and Brewer, J. (2014). The role of accessibility in a universal web. In Proceedings of the 11th Web for All Conference (W4A '14). ACM: New York. doi#10.1145/2596695.2596719.

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, handout.The National Conference for Community and Justice: Ableism (NCCJ). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nccj.org/ableism

OpenSource Leadership Strategies. The dynamic system of power, privilege and oppressions (PDF). Retrieved from http://www.opensourceleadership.com/documents/DO%20Definitions.pdf.

Pacific University (n.d.). Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Glossary of Terms. Retrieved from https://www.pacificu.edu/life-pacific/support-safety/office-equity-diversity-inclusion/glossary-terms

Seider, C. (2018, June 6). An Incomplete Guide to Inclusive Language for Startups and Tech. Retrieved from https://open.buffer.com/inclusive-language-tech

University of California-Berkeley Gender Equity Center. (2013). Definition of terms: agender. Retrieved from http://geneq.berkeley.edu/lgbt_resources_definiton_of_terms#agender

University of Houston. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Terms from Student Life (PDF). Retrieved from https://www.uh.edu/cdi/diversity_education/resources/pdf/terms.pdf