Word choice matters, particularly nowadays when language is becoming more nuanced. This book is a valuable resource that helps us to choose words thoughtfully in our pursuit of inclusive language. It’s a very practical guide which discusses seven identity categories: 1. Gender identity, sex, and sexuality; 2. Disability and invisible illness; 3. Mental, emotional, and cognitive diversity; 4. Physicality; 5. Cultural diversity – race, ethnicity, and nationality; 6. Religion; 7. Acquired diversity. Each section contains best-practice inclusive language guidelines. There is also a reference table of specific suggestions for inclusive terminology as well as a list of colloquial expressions to avoid because of their discriminatory histories. Some of the suggestions may raise eyebrows and might not be accepted by everyone, but the book increases our sensitivity about language use. It makes you question some of our linguistic habits.
Ginka Toegel, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Written by practitioner and recognized thought leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Rohini Anand, this book provides a practical guide to five key principles to advance DE&I culture change. These principles include guiding leaders to become transformative allies, articulating a compelling rationale for change, anchoring practice in local contexts, and developing effective metrics, governance, and systems. Combining Rohini’s personal background with her professional experience, the book provides compelling stories and data as well as leading and lagging measures of DE&I. This is complemented by recommendations from other experts in DE&I and useful references. I particularly like the discussion guide that supports leaders to embed DE&I in their organizations through practical, thoughtful questions about the five principles. These questions prompt reflection, conversation, and action.