Words Have Meaning: Partnering for Inclusive Language

In this episode of Green Room 42, practicing professionals from technical and professional communications fields come together to discuss how inclusive language impacts their work. We share some common mistakes and some of the ways we can partner to develop industry-wide standards for Inclusive Language with helpful lists and positive alternatives. Janice Summers and Liz Fraley speak with Larry Kunz, Steven Jong, Karsten Wade, and Dr. Lucía Dura.

Room 42 Special Episode | Season 2 Episode 11 | 66 min

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In this episode

The Green Room 42 is the meeting place for active conversations about topics of interest for technical and professional communication practitioners.  In this episode of Green Room 42, we talk with practicing professionals from technical and professional communications fields to discuss how inclusive language impacts their work. We share some common mistakes and some of the ways we can partner to develop industry-wide standards for Inclusive Language with helpful lists and positive alternatives. 

Writing inclusive documentation takes practice and focus. To ensure a good experience for all who read our documentation, we must flush out terms that may feel is second nature to us but that actually are offensive to others. Or worse, harmful. Words that innocently found their way into our everyday lingo that have become so automated we hardly notice. But these words have meaning and that meaning matters more than you realize. We don't have all of the answers, but hopefully you can find inspiration in the discussion we share together.

Who's in the Room

Larry Kunz strives  to make documentation valuable to the company and its customers. He focuses on both the present, maintaining content infrastructure, training and supporting the people who use it, and the future, defining strategic goals and planning to achieve them. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ldkunz/

Karsten Wade is an expert at creating and growing open source & open collaboration Karsten Wade is an expert at creating and growing open source & open collaboration communities with over two decades experience and dozens of projects. https://www.linkedin.com/in/karsten-wade-aa1510/

Steven Jong is a technical writer, leader, and teacher with extensive experience creating—and helping others to create—effective, efficient, cohesive, award-winning, high-quality information products. He is also a Fellow, Society for Technical Communication. https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevefjong/

Dr. Lucía Dura is an Associate Dean and an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing. Her focus is on community-university collaborations in social change, organizational change, medical rhetoric/health communication, participatory methodologies, creativity, social innovation, complexity science, liberating structures. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucia-dura-6229a79/


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